Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided to RT-PCR test of hostel inmates of all educational institutions

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to ramp up tests to ensure that the situation remains under control.

As per a BMC direction, RT-PCR test of hostel inmates of all educational institutions here began on Thursday. Hostel inmates of the Trident Academy of Technology here underwent the test. Special squads have been formed in all zones for this purpose, said an official.The move came after positive cases were reported from various educational institutions in the twin city of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.

Reportedly, over 30 students of the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB) have reportedly contracted the virus so far.

After the State capital consistently reported a spike in infections for the last couple of days, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary on Wednesday visited th Utkal University campus, railway station and airport here to review precautionary measures. During his visit to the Utkal university campus here, he discussed with the Vice-Chancellor and Hostel Superintendents and advised them to take all precautionary measures. Since Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu is scheduled to attend the university’s convocation on April 3, the Commissioner stressed on Covid-19 test of all others attendees, including guests, faculty members and students.

Later, he visited the railway station and had a discussion with the Station Manager to ensure thermal screening of all passengers coming from States like Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. Around 200 passengers will undergo antigen test at the railway station every day.

During his inspection at the airport here, the Commissioner said the number of surveillance teams would be increased at the airport.

He asked the authorities to ensure antigen test of passengers coming from the aforesaid States. Passengers, who would show negative report of their recent RT-PCR test, would not undergo the test, the BMC Commissioner said.