COVID-19: All Odisha Assembly staff to remain in home quarantine

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly Speaker today directed all the employees of building to remain in home quarantine following a fact came to fore that a person tested positive for COVID-19 in the state yesterday had come in contact with an official of Assembly.

“As the third COVID-19 case in Odisha has a contact history with a staff of the Assembly, all the officials need to put themselves in home quarantine and entire building will be disinfected to prevent spread of the deadly virus,” said Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro today.

Taking precautionary measure, the Speaker decided to resume the House at Convention Hall of Lok Seva Bhawan instead of Assembly on March 30.

“The House will resume at Lok Seva Bhawan. I have directed all the Members of Legislative Assembly to sit maintaining distance upto two metres,” he said.

He appealed to the members of all the political parties to enter to the House with 30 percent members.

However, the all the members and ministers will be exempted from the lockdown norms during session.

“The collectors and SPs of all the districts have been asked not to stop the MLAs on roads to attend the House.

Briefing the media today, Odisha Government’s Spokesperson on COVID-19, Subroto Bagchi said that the person infected with COVID-19 had visited dispensary of Odisha Assembly on March 16.

Later, he had moved to Kar Clinic, located at Unit-4 area, on March 21 as he did not recover from illness. He was admitted to the clinic on March 23 for pneumonia. He was in ICU at the clinic on the same day and next day he was discharged from the hospital. On March 25, the patient had visited the Capital Hospital. His sample was sent for test following which he was confirmed positive for COVID-19.

“The person had reached Bhubaneswar from Delhi on an IndiGo flight on March 10. He developed complications on March 13 following which he had visited Assembly dispensary to consult a doctor,” Bagchi said.

The contact tracing exercise is underway to identify persons with whom he had come in contact during the period.

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