Bhubaneswar: Paying heed to the appeal of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, as many as 42 more Tablighi Jamaat attendees from the State came forward and registered themselves with the government for COVID-19 tests. This was informed by Odisha government’s Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19 Subroto Bagchi today here.
Following this development, Bagchi said the CM has thanked the 42 Tablighi Jamaat attendees and their family members for their courage to be identified and tested. While appealing other Tablighi Jamaat attendees to report to the State voluntarily, Bagchi clarified that the government will take care of the expenses towards treatment and tests.
On April 4, the CM has appealed the religious prayer meeting attendees to report to the government on their own either through the COVID-19 portal or Health Helpline 104.
Bagchi further informed that the State government had details about 28 Jamaatis earlier. When samples of these persons were sent for tests, three of them including a postman tested positive for COVID-19.
A total of 34 COVID-19 Hospitals/Isolation Centres with 5,697 bed capacity has been planned for treatment of COVID-19 patients of the State. Out of these, seven special COVID-19 Hospitals have already become functional, he added.
Till yet a total of 42 persons from the State tested positive for COVID-19. Out of them two have recovered and discharged from the hospital. One COVID-19 death was reported today. As per official data, there are as many as 39 active cases in the State so far.