Bhubaneswar: As of now 61 samples of COVID-19 have been tested in the State out of which 60 are negative and one has tested positive, informed Subroto Bagchi, Chief Spokesperson of Government of Odisha on COVID-19.
“Yesterday five samples were tested and all have been found to be negative. Currently, 23 people have been kept under observation but that doesn’t mean that they are positive, they are only kept under observation,” revealed Bagchi addressing a presser on COVID-19 preparedness, awareness measures, vigilance, and monitoring at the Geeta Govinda Sadan here today.
The Chief Spokesperson further revealed that continuos capacity expansion of isolation facilities at all district headquarters hospitals and medical college hospitals are underway.
“Currently 3,183 isolation beds are in readiness across the State in Government and private hospitals,” he added.
He informed that arrangements for quarantine facilities at Gram Panchayat level has begun.
Bagchi stated that as many as 2,150 beds in different hospitals have been kept in readiness in the jurisdiction under Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) and 840 beds in different hospitals under Berhampur Municipal Corporation’s jurisdiction.
Similarly, 99 beds in private medical colleges in Bhubaneswar has been kept in readiness as of now, he added.
“In Cuttack 94 paid quarantine hotels and 450 buildings have been identified and kept in readiness in Cuttack to keep people if a dangerous situation arises, which hasn’t yet arisen,” he further said.
Chief Spokesperson Bagchi informed that district administration of Puri has issued directions restricting access of general public to Sri Jagannath Temple from tomorrow till 1st April.
“The State government, after careful consideration has directed the District Magistrates to enforce similar restrictions in all religious places i.e. temples, mosques, Churches, and Gurudwaras, etc. from March 20 to March 31,” he stated.
He, however, clarified, the State government’s directive says that essential rituals in all religious places will continue without any dislocation.
From Monday (March 23) Higher Secondary Exam-2020 has been postponed and all examinations including final semester and back paper of BPUT and VISSUT has been postponed till further orders, Bagchi informed.
“As many as 48, 38,548 beneficiaries under various social security schemes have been given four months pension/allowances in advance by the State government,” he stated.
The Chief Spokesperson said that the State government has decided to allow its employees who are having symptoms of COVID-19 to leave the workplace immediately after informing the superior officer and avail leave for home quarantine for a period of 14 days. Further, the Government employees residing with a family member who has returned from a foreign visit on or after 4th March should also avail leave for self-quarantine for a period of 14 days, he added.
Bagchi said that Jail Superintendents have been instructed to identify a designated well-ventilated place as isolation room for isolation of suspected cases.
The Chief Spokesperson informed that today awareness meetings were held at 6,798 Gram Panchayats across the state and 2.37 lakh members were sensitized in these meetings.
To provide immediate health care in rural areas 7,176 temporary medical camps have been established in 6,798 GPs in which total no of bed capacity has been increased, Bagchi said.