Shutdown declared in this Odisha town for 7 days

Keonjhar: Keonjhar district administration today imposed shutdown in Barbil municipality area for a week to contain further spread of COVID-19 in the town.

As per shutdown guidelines set by the Centre, all the market places will be shut and unnecessary movement of vehicles will be restricted. However, the healthcare services and essential goods supply will continue, said Keonjhar Collector Ashish Thakare.

The week-long shutdown order came in force after 11 new COVID-19 positive cases were detected from Barbil town.

“The Keonjhar district reported 25 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, of which 11 are local contacts belonging to Barbil. The remaining 14 positive cases have travel history to other states. Of 14 cases, 13 have been detected from TMCs and one is a home quarantine case. They are from Harichandanpur, Ghatagaon, Patana, Keonjhar block and Hatadihi,” said Thakare.

The fresh cases reported from Barbil town are the primary contacts of earlier positive cases. Further contact tracing is underway to break the chain of coronavirus.

“With the decision, Barbil town will remain under shutdown for next 7 days. We have accelerated the contact tracing and active surveillance activity to contain further spread of coronavirus in the municipality area,” the Collector said.

Following detection of new cases, the district’s tally rose to 182 with 81 active cases. Total recovered cases in the district is 101 so far.

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