Bhubaneswar, May 13 : Odisha recorded a massive rise in Covid cases with as many as 101 people, mostly the Odia migrants, testing positive today taking the total tally in the state to 538. Official sources said Ganjam district, a hot spot for covid 19 with the arrival of thousands of Surat returnees, reported 52 positive cases followed by Balasore(33),Sundargarh and Jajpur seven each and two from Keonjhar district. Out of 101 fresh cases, 90 reported from the quarantine centres, eight from the containment zones and three from other places.
All the 52 covid positive cases reported in Ganjam were from the quarantine centres. Similarly, seven cases found from Jajpur district and two from Keonjhar district were reported from the quarantine centres. According to the Health department, the State has now 538 covid positive cases out of which 116 people have been recovered and discharged from the hospitals.There are 419 active cases undergoing treatment at various Covid hospitals. Balasore district with 90 positive cases, has imposed curfew in the town as odia migrants are arriving in the town in two Shramik Special trains today. Ganjam district continued to be in the top list in the state with 210 positive cases, mostly the Surat returnees who have arrived in several thousands during the past one week.
However, Ganjam district Collector Vijay Amrut Kulunge emphatically said there is no need for the people to be panicked at the increasing number of covid patients in the district as all of them reported from the quarantine centres. He said till date there is no sign of community transmission in the district.The district administration has clamped section144 CrPc near the quarantine centre and warned stringent action if anybody violated the prohibitory order.
Keonjhar district administration today asked all shops, commercial establishments to collect information on customers visiting their premises.This move , official sources said, would help the district administration in contact tracing of COVID-19 positive cases. In Jajpur district, already declared as a Red Zone, seven positive cases were reported today, five of them West Bengal returnees and two from Maharashtra Similarly, among the 33 positive reported in Balasore district,24 were Surat returnees, three from West Bengal, two from Bangalore , one from containment zone and three others from the local. In Sundargarh district all the seven people tested positive were primary contacts in the Rourkela containment zone.The district has so far reported 23 positive cases. (UNI)