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Next 15 Days Crucial As Odisha Reports 4th Positive COVID-19 Case

01 April 2020


Bhubaneswar: With 1,590 cases reported till 3 pm on Wednesday (April 1) afternoon, India reported 27 per cent rise in the number of COVID-19 cases within 24 hours.

Till Tuesday (March 31) afternoon, India had reported 1,251 positive COVID-19 cases. Similarly, on March 30 the number of cases was 1,071. So, increase in the number of cases on Tuesday, over Monday was 16 per cent.

This is a matter of serious concern as the numbers are on a rise constantly, because of which we need to be extremely watchful and alert during the next 15 days, said Subroto Bagchi, Chief Spokesperson of Odisha Government's COVID-19 Management Team.

"24 hours back the number of COVID-19 related deaths in India was 32, today it has reached 45. This is something serious and we all need to do our best to contain the spread of coronavirus," said Bagchi.

Sharing an update on Odisha, Bagchi said, 610 samples have been tested till Wednesday afternoon in the State, out of which four have tested positive.

The fourth COVID-19 patient of Odisha is a native of Bhadrak. He is 29-years-old and works in Dubai. On March 18 he landed in Kokata on an Emirates flight from Dubai.

"From the Kolkata airport he took a taxi to Howrah station and them travelled to Bhadrak by East Coast Express on the same day," Bagchi said.

He was in home-quarantine til March 30, when his sample was sent for testng. On Tuesday, March 31 he tested positive for COVID-19, added Bagchi. "It has been ascertained that seven persons had come in contact with this person. Contact tracing has been initiated."

In Odisha, 88 COVID-19 suspects are in hospital isolation. So far, 15,045 persons have registered themselves on Odisha Government's COVID-19 portal and throught the 104 health helpline. Out of them, 4,332 have returned from foreign countries.

Sharing global figures Bagchi said, by Wednesday afternoon, 8,62,495, in 203 countries and two ships have tested positive for coronavirus and 42,510 have lost their lives to the deadly disease.