Odisha Sets Up Testing Facility For Coronavirus

The Novel Coronavirus has already infected more than 100,000 people and has recorded an estimated 3,800 deaths. As of today, India has 62 confirmed cases of the COVID-19. All states have been asked to exercise strong caution in the wake of this outbreak by the Union Ministry of Health.

Accordingly, the Odisha government has also taken several steps, one of which was to open a specialized coronavirus testing facility in the state capital Bhubaneswar even though no positive cases have been reported from Odisha so far.

The testing facility has been set up at the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), and the first sample tested at the institute turned out to be negative, State Health secretary Nikunja Bihari Dhal said.

As many as 131 people from across the state were put under the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) so far, and ten from among them were admitted to three hospitals, Dhal added. However, sampled swabs taken from the suspected patients were not found to contain coronavirus strains. He also added that all samples collected from private or government hospitals, including AIIMS, shall be sent to the RMRC for testing purposes.

Hospitals in the state have been directed to set up isolation wards with ventilator support. The state government has also heightened security scans at airports and ports, as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus.

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