Out of 70 samples, 2 found COVID-19 positive, 1 report awaited: Subroto Bagchi

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Bhubaneswar: Out of 70 samples sent for testing today, reports of 69 samples have been obtained and two from it were found COVID-19 positive while report of one is awaited, informed Odisha Government’s Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19, Subroto Bagchi.

Addressing the regular press meet at Geeta Govinda Sadan here this evening, Bagchi said that the health condition of two identified patients’ remains stable. While 56 persons had contact with the patient, communication has been made with 53 persons while effort is on to communicate the rest three persons. He added that nine monitoring teams are working for the purpose and 23 persons who had contact with COVID-19 affected patients are in Hospital Isolation.

The  Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19 also read out the Chief Minister’s message for the people of Odisha. He said: “Keeping in view the difficult time arising out of COVID-19, Hon’ble Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik has said that time has come for us to take the extraordinary step and sacrifice to protect our state and our people.  He has declared complete ‘Lock Down’ from 22nd to 29th March in 5 districts-Khorda, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kendrapara, Anugul, and 8 towns-Puri, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Jajpur Road, Jajpur Town and Bhadrak in the first phase.

Hon’ble CM has appealed the people to remain in their house and come out for only basic services. Hospitals, clinics, medicine, grocery, vegetable, meat, and milk shops will be open while administration, police, health, fire, ODRAF, electricity, water, municipal services, banks, ATMs, petrol pumps shall also remain open. The administration will take tough action on anyone violating this.”

Here are some other major takeaways:

  • 3236 nos of persons have been registered through 104 Helpline.
  • The State Government has been pleased to issue the regulations/advisory for prevention of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) under Section-2 of the Epidemic Disease Act-1897 and in conformity with Rule-17 of guidelines issued by the Press Council of India. It states as under:
  • No media shall publish the name and address of the person infected/affected with COVID-19 Virus, his /her parents, relatives, the doctor treating the patient and the assisting medical staff, obtained through any source, in any Print/Electronics/Web/Social Media.
  • No media shall interview any patient affected with COVID-19, his/her parents/relatives/treating doctors, assisting medical staff, in any form.
  • Any person disobeying any regulation or order made under the above provisions shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section -188 of IPC(45 of 1860) as per section-3 of the Epidemic Disease Act-1897.
  • In this time of COVID-19 scare to provide food security to poor, distressed and left-out eligible beneficiaries, the Government has decided to enhance coverage of 5 lakh beneficiaries under the State Food Security Scheme (SFSS). These beneficiaries will get 5 Kg of rice per person per month @ Re. 1/- per Kg from this tri-monthly allotment cycle of April, May & June 2020. The distribution of rice among the beneficiaries will be started from 24th March onwards.
  • All the Hostels managed by School and Mass Education Department will be closed except for students who are not picked up by parents/ guardians.
  • Mid-day Meal ration to the students for 3 months will be given in advance at one go, in the form of a signed coupon to be given by the Headmaster to each parent. They can lift rice from near PDS outlet, tagged to the school. The tagging will be finalised by the Block Education Officer. Necessary direction has been issued to the District Education Officer and Dist Civil Supplies Officer in this regard.
  • Hostels of Special Schools and Therapy Centres under the SSEPD Department have been closed till 30th June. The Boarders will be given 1200/- per month for 3 months as fooding and other assistance in advance. Besides, each beneficiary will be given a maximum of Rs. 500/- as a conveyance to return to his/her home along with an attendant/assistant.
  • Extensive Awareness Campaign on COVID-19 in Rural areas has been started from 19th, involving the representatives of 3-tier Panchayatiraj System. Zilla Parishad level meetings are being held today across the State.
  • To maintain cleanliness in urban areas, ‘Swachha Sathis’ have been given the responsibility for awareness programmes.

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