BMC seals off Surya Nagar for contact tracing of 5th COVID-19 +ve patient

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Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sealed Surya Nagar in the city after the fifth COVID-19 positive patient was traced to the area.

Addressing a presser, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary on Thursday announced that the patient was traced to the area who had no domestic or international travel history.

The Surya Nagar area has been sealed and the area will be sanitized. The basic amenities will be ensured and essential services will not be affected, he said.

Meanwhile, Gopabandhu Square to LIC square, LIC square to Ganga Nagar Square, Ganga Nagar to Siripur Chhak and Siripur to Gopabandhu Chhak were notified as restricted zones.

The BMC said the areas will be sanitized and added that the supply of essential items will be ensured. Health teams will visit households in the area to ascertain to find out if any person has any flu-like symptoms.

Chaudhary said the fifth COVID-19 positive patient is Pradipta Kumar Dalabehera, a resident of ward no 46, Surya Nagar, Bhubaneswar. His identity has been revealed with an intention to safeguard the public who have come in contact with him since March 1, 2020.

The BMC commissioner also advised the people, who been in contact with the coronavirus positive patient, to keep themselves to home quarantine forthwith for 14 days from the date of contact and inform/register about such quarantine in the health helpline No-104.

Chaudhary warned that action will be taken against those who indulge in social discrimination of the family of the fifth COVID-19 patient. The residents in the area are advised not to go out of their homes.

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