Odisha doesn’t have community spreading of Coronavirus, says Chief Secretary


Bhubaneswar: Odisha doesn’t have community spreading of novel Coronaviurs (Covid-19), said Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Sunday.

Dispelling the apprehensions of community transmission of the infection that prevailed in the wake of three positive cases emerging out from Bomikhal alone and another positive case in Surya Nagar area of Bhubaneswar, Tripathy said it was established that the infection of Surya Nagar case was linked to Kolkata and the Bomikhal case was linked Bhopal.

“There is no community transmission in these cases,” clarified Tripathy. He also informed that travel history of all the 21 positive cases has been traced.

“Door-to-door surveys were conducted and all positives were found having outside linkages,” said Tripathy.

Maintaining that 80% of COVID-19 positive cases in Odisha are asymptomatic, Tripathy said such cases posed a great risk to the vulnerable at home.

“Government will now focus on hotspot containment strategy for 7-10 days. The containment strategy at hotspots, where patients don’t have travel history, would ideally be followed for next 7-10 days,” said Tripathy.

He also said that shutdown yielded 100 per cent result with full cooperation from the people.

The Chief Secretary said that district Collectors and urban authorities have been authorised to take appropriate steps to contain the Coronavirus in their respective areas by adopting containment strategy if positive case arises.

“We will now take up a strategy of making containment zones around places where positives are found instead of shutdown,” said Tripathy.

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