Odisha Fights COVID-19: Quarantine Period For Returnees Increased To 28 Days

Bhubaneswar: Incubation period of COVID-19 can range from 14 to 28 days therefore the Odisha Government has taken a decision to quarantine returnees from other states for 28 days. Out of this time period, 21 days will be spent in institutional quarantine while the rest 7 days will be home quarantine for the returnees.

The time period between exposure to coronavirus infection and the appearance of the first symptoms is the incubation period. In the case of COVID-19 it has been observed that the incubation period can extend upto 28 days, said Chief Spokesperson of Odisha Government for COVID-19 management, Subroto Bagchi.

Addressing the scheduled press conference at Geeta Gobinda Sadan here today, Bagchi said that the decision has been taken for the safety of the returnees and the general public.

“This 21-days duration can be spent constructively at the quarantine facilities. The authorities will ensure that social distancing, personal hygiene and all COVID-19 related health guidelines are strictly followed at these centres,” Bagchi added.

There is always a major risk of spread of infection at the quarantine centres therefore these places will be monitored on CCTVs. Outsides cannot get insides nor can the inmates move out of the qurantine centres for 21 days, said Bagchi, adding that  prohibitory orders under Section 144 will be imposed on the vicinity.

Subroto Bagchi, Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19, Odisha

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