Odisha fights coronavirus: 61 samples tested; 23 under isolation

Bhubaneswar, March 19:  As many as 60 samples were tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), informed informed Subroto Bagchi, spokesperson of Odisha government on COVID-19.

“So far, cumulatively 61 samples tested, found 60 negative and 1 positive. Yesterday five samples were tested and all were negative. Currently 23 people have been kept in isolation in different hospitals who have come in close contact with COVID-19 positive case as on 2PM,” he said.

The State Government have issued an advisory on religious institutions yesterday. The District Administration of Puri has issued directions restricting access of general public to Sri Jagannath Temple from tomorrow till April 1.

“The State Government, after careful consideration has directed the District Magistrates to enforce similar restrictions in all religious places i.e. temples, mosques, Churches and Gurudwaras etc. from 20th March to March 31. It is clarified that essential rituals may continue without any dislocation,” he added.

“Today awareness meetings were held at 6798 Gram Panchayats across the state and 2.37 lakh members have attended these meeting. To provide immediate health Care in rural areas 7176 temporary medical camps have been established in 6798 GPs in which total no of bed capacity has been increased to 422426,” Bagchi added.

He further said, “A total no of 48,38,548 beneficiaries will be given 4 months pension in advance, it has been decided by the State Government and the Collectors are intimated by SSEPD Department accordingly. The beneficiary will be given advance amount directly in his village.”

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