Coronavirus in Odisha: Health Dept issues toll-free numbers

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Bhubaneswar: With persons suspected to be infected by coronavirus being admitted at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack, the Health Department here has issued toll-free numbers for denizens of the state who returned from virus-infected countries.

The phone numbers are- 0674-2390455, 9439994857, 9439991221 and 9437040564.

As per reports, Odias, who returned from, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Singapore are advised to contact the numbers to report about any signs of the infection.

The call centre will direct suspected cases to experts in their area. The numbers will also serve as an information base for the populace of the state.

Novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes. The virus has emerged from a seafood and animal market in China’s Wuhan, and is suspected to have spread to as far as the United States. According to the World Health Organisation, the common symptoms of the novel coronavirus strain include respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

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