Fresh COVID-19 Case Reported In Bhubaneswar

A 77-year-old man has tested positive for COVID-19 in the capital city, taking the overall tally in the state to 119. The man is said to be a close contact of one of the earlier cases reported in the area. The state health department has confirmed that efforts to trace the contacts of the said patient are ongoing.

This news comes a day after the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) relaxed restrictions on the operation of shops in the city. In a notification issued by the local body, all shops except ones present in market complexes and malls, salons, tea & coffee shops, and fast food stalls have been allowed to run from 8 am to 6 pm every day.

The ease in restrictions was primarily a result of success in controlling the number of cases within the district even though it has been categorized under the red zone in the union list.

In a recent tweet, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said, “We are consciously facilitating assisting businesses activate themselves. The fight against the pandemic is evidently long haul. Also evolving. And new and challenging for all of us. The relaxation warrants responsibility from us. We are confident of cooperation”.

Meanwhile, the state government also aims to increase the testing capacity to 15000 a day, as per an official. With a large number of migrant workers returning from other states in the coming days, improving the testing capacity is indeed the need of the hour.

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