Bhubaneswar, May 26 : Barring tribal dominated Rayagada district, Covid 19 has spread to the rest 29 districts in Odisha with fresh 79 positive cases, taking the total count in the state to 1517. Health and Family Welfare Department sources said Sonepur, a new district, reported one Covid positive case today. As of midnight of May 25 out of 1,31,595 samples tested in the state so far, 1517 have been reported Covid positive with 649 recoveries, 861 active cases and seven deaths.
Official sources said out of 79 positive cases, Cuttack and Balasore district reported maximum 16 and 14 positive cases respectively while the covid cases in other districts were confined to single digit figures. Sonepur district in Western Odisha ,reported the first covid case when one person in the district tested covid positive. Out of 29 districts in the state , four districts such as Bargarh, Nuapada,Nabarangpur and Sonepur reported one each covid positive case.
On the other hand, four districts namely Ganjam,Jajpur, Balasore and Bhadrak have reported more than one hundred positive cases . Ganjam district was at the top with 358 positive cases followed by Jajpur(242),Balasore (137) and Bhadrak (106 ). With fresh 16 positive cases reported today, the total covid cases went up to 85 in Puri and Bolangir with 14 positive cases, so far reported 38 positive cases. Official sources said from among the 79 positive cases detected today, 71 reported from the quarantine centres and the rest seven are local cases.
The Rayagada district in South Odisha is the only district in the state where Covid positive case is yet to be detected and it continues to remain Covid free district in the state. East Coast Railway sources here said so far more than 100 Shramik Special trains carrying stranded Odia passengers from various states ,have reached different destinations in Odisha. Government sources claimed that over 3 lakh Odias stranded in various parts of the country have arrived in the state by train and bus. About seven lakh migrants have registered in the portal to return to the state, sources added . The state government has made compulsory institutional quarantine for 7 days and another seven days with no symptoms of Covid case in home quarantine.
The returnee(s) arriving in urban areas will also have to go for 14 days quarantine ,either home quarantine or paid quarantine in the hotels, identified by the state government. The Odisha government has already allowed all types of vehicles to ply in the state but with restriction on number of passengers. While the three wheelers and four wheelers are allowed to ply with the driver along with two more passengers,the passenger buses were allowed to carry only according to their seat capacity banning the standing passengers and compulsory use of masks while travelling . (UNI)