Surya Nagar area in Odisha capital sealed for contact tracing of 5th COVID-19 patient

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary today announced that Surya Nagar area in Odisha capital has been sealed after the fifth COVID-19 positive patient was traced to the area who had no domestic or international travel history.

While revealing the identity of the patient, Chaudhary said that the identity of the patient has been published with an intention to safeguard the public who have come in contact with him since March 1, 2020. The fifth COVID-19 patient is Pradipta Kumar Dalabehera, a resident of ward no 46, Surya Nagar, Bhubaneswar. He has no travel history, not even outside the State.

Chaudhary further said action will be taken against those who do any kind of social discrimination against the family of the fifth COVID-19 patient.

Meanwhile, the BMC officials sealed the entry and exit points of the Surya Nagar area. Official sources said that the area will be sanitized and it will be ensured that the basic availability of the services are not affected.

Gopabandhu Square to LIC square, LIC square to Ganga nagar Square, Ganga Nagar to Siripur Chhak and Siripur to Gopabandhu Chhak have been notified as restricted zones.

Persons identified by the BMC will carry out sanitation and ensure supply of essential items to the area. Teams will visit households in the containment area to ascertain whether any person has any flu like symptoms.

The people in the area will be asked not to venture out of their homes, keeping in view the threat of coronavirus contamination.

The BMC has urged people to inform the authorities in case any of the acquaintances of the infected persons develops symptoms of coronavirus so that he/she can be provided medical care.

All the shopping establishment irrespective of their nature were closed immediately.

All the government and private institutions located within the boundary of the containment zone were also closed.

The BMC declared the following officers as the nodal officers to ensure smooth supply of essentials/facilities in respect of the containment zone:

Bhabani Prasad Mishra (mobile: 9437258611): Sanitation, Kamaljit Das (mobile: 9439431672): Supply of essentials, Dr Pati (8637288528): Health requirements

Meanwhile, the three testing centres in the State tested 213 samples today. Out of them 213 and 176 were tested at RMRC and AIIMS Bhubaneswar whereas 10 samples were  tested at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. All the samples were found to be negative for COVID-19.

Till yet, a total of 1113 samples have been tested. Out of these five were found positive for the deadly virus.

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