26 March 2020
Bhubaneswar: In the first phase in Odisha two positive cases of COVID-19 infection were detected. As on 12 noon today, 164 samples were sent for COVID-19 examination and reports of all samples have been obtained.
"No new positive case found. Thus positive case stands at 2," said Subroto Bagchi, Chief Spokesperson for COVID-19 Management, Odisha. Health of two identified patients is asymptomatic and stable. They are taking normal diet supplied by respective hospitals.
It is reported that 55 persons had come in contact with the COVID-19 patients. All have been contacted. 100 nos of monitoring teams are working for the purpose across the State, including 10 teams in Bhubaneswar.
Till Thursday adternoon, 4,249 persons have been registered through 104 Helpline and portal. 34 persons are in Hospital Isolation, he added.
Raising a concern Bagchi said that around 84,000 natives have returned to Odisha in the past few days. Some of them are foreign returnees while the rest (a majority) have returned from other States in the country.
"There are chances that some of these people who have returned in the past few days, have the COVID-19 infection."
These people have been asked quarnatine themselves for 14 days. Till date, 7,276 beds have been arranged to quarantine these people at Gram Panchayat levels, he added.
Besides, the State Government today also signed a tripartite agreement to setup 1,000 bedded COVID-19 hospital, in case the crisis migrates to the third stage (community level transmission).