Northern Odisha On Alert After COVID-19 Surge

A sharp increase in coronavirus cases in the state has left officials worried. With almost all recent cases having links to West Bengal, border security has been put on high alert. State DGP Abhay has been personally involved in reviewing the police deployment in these areas as strict orders have been issued to ensure no person from West Bengal enters Odisha during the lockdown.

Meanwhile, three doctors and 19 healthcare workers of the Jajpur District Headquarters Hospital (DHH) have been put under quarantine after they came in contact with a COVID-19 positive patient with travel history to West Bengal. The families of all of these 22 healthcare staff have also been advised to remain under home quarantine for at least 14 days.

“The 22 staff have been shifted to the COVID-19 isolation unit on NC College premises. All the rooms at the facility are well furnished and fitted with air-conditioners. They will remain there for 14 days. Besides their family members have been advised to remain under home quarantine,” said Collector Ranjan Kumar Das.

Additionally, seven gram panchayats have been declared as containment zones after the recent surge in coronavirus cases. The containment order came into effect from April 20 and will prevail till May 4.

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