Bhubaneswar, May 8 : Covid 19 cases today scaled up to 271 in Odisha with the detection of 52 fresh cases during the last 24 hours, 43 of them alone reported from Ganjam district. With thousands of people from Surat returning to Ganjam district everyday, this south Odisha district, already declared as a Red Zone, has also turned into a major covid hotspot with as many as 71 positive cases reported in one week.
Official sources said, 52 new cases were reported from the state today which included 43 from Ganjam, five in Kendrapara, 3 from Bhadrak and one from Khordha district. Out of 43 fresh covid cases in Ganjam district barring one case, all the rest were found to be Surat returnees while one person, a returnee from Kerala tested positive. The Ganjam district today surpasses Jajpur district in coastal Odisha, also another hot spot for coronavirus where so far 55 positive cases have been reported of which only one person has been recovered.
Considering the gravity of the situation in Ganjam district, the State Government today deployed 3 IAS Officers Ms. P Anvesha Reddy, Mr I Patil Ashish Ishwar and Mr Hema Kanta Say in the District for a period of one month to cooperate with District Administration in COVID-19 management. The state government has already deputed experts and Rapid Response teams to Ganjam to supervise surveillance and containment measures, contact tracing, testing and medical preparedness in the district.
Similarly, all five new cases reported in Kendrapara were also Surat returnees and they belonged to Sanjaya village in Pattamundai block. They were in the quarantine centre since their arrival in the district on May 3. Kendrapara Collector Samarth Verma said all the five tested positive were sent to Aswani Covid Hospital in Cuttack. With the five new cases, the Kendrapara district has so far reported 8 positive cases, two of whom have already been cured and discharged from the hospital.
The earlier three cases reported from the district were all West Bengal returnees. In Bhadrak district which had also witnessed a sharp rise in the Covid cases, particularly among the West Bengal returnees, reported three positive cases, all Surat returnees taking the total count to 24, out of which 12 had already been recovered. The district has been declared as a Red Zone. The covid positive cases among the Surat returnees which was initially confined to Ganjam district only, has now spread to Mayurbhanj, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Kendrapara and Bhadrak district. Thousands of Surat returnees have come to Odisha by as many as 15 special trains and 283 buses. Official sources said, as many as 6,618 Odia people have returned to Odisha today and so far 46,383 Odias have returned to Odisha and a majority of them belonged to Surat in Gujarat district. MORE (UNI)