#COVID19 recovery rate in #Odisha is very good & our case doubling rate is 10.5 days: State govt

Bhubaneswar: COVID19 recovery rate in Odisha is very good & our case doubling rate is 10.5 days. This is informed by the State govt .

Subroto Bagchi, Chief Spokesperson of Govt. of Odisha on COVID-19, Asit Tripathy, Chief Secretary and Sanjay Kumar Singh, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Information & Public Relations Department briefed the Press about steps taken by Government of Odisha for prevention of COVID-19.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has extended best wishes to all the worker brothers and sisters of the State on the occasion of ‘May Day’ (International Workers’ Day). Hon’ble Chief Minister has said that State Government is firmly committed for the welfare and development of the workers. He has called upon to strictly follow all Government regulations, and maintain social distance to contain COVID-19 situation.

Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik has expressed his satisfaction that the State is taking care of around 90,000 guest workers in 2700 Camps by providing them food, health service, socio-psychological counseling during COVID-19 Lock Down period.

Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik held a Video Conference with Sri E. K. Palaniswami, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu and thanked him for taking good care of Odias stranded in Tamil Nadu. Chief Minister has sought cooperation of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu for facilitating safe return of Odias to Odisha. Union Minister, Petroleum and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan, participating in the Video Conference emphasised upon the safe return of Odias stranded there. Chief Minister Sri Palaniswami has assured all cooperation of Tamil Nadu Government in this regard.

Odias sheltered in Guru Nanak College Camp of Chennai also spoke to Hon’ble Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik through Video Conference and expressed their thanks to Government of Tamil Nadu for extending their cooperation.

Government of India has allowed persons stranded in different States to return to their State. Government of Odisha has prepared guidelines for students, workers, professionals, pilgrims and general public intending to return to Odisha. They are mandatorily required to register themselves in the portal (covid19.odisha.gov.in) specially created by the State Government. A large number of people have already registered themselves to return to Odisha so far and these applications are being verified. People can return either by road or by rail.

The returnees shall have to undergo a pre-screening of their health before boarding bus or train in the State of origin as per the guideline of Ministry of Home Affairs.

The persons returning by road shall be issued passes by the designated State Coordinator after their registration. The returnees shall be allowed to enter the State only through designated Border Check Points and not through any other route. Border Check Points have been opened at 11 places i.e. Biramitrapur (Sundargarh), Champua (Keonjhar), Chandili (Koraput), Girisola (Ganjam), Jamsola (Mayurbhanj), Kerada (Rayagada), Khariar Road (Nuapada), Laxman Nath (Balasore), Luharchati (Barhgada), Motu (Malkangiri) and Sunki (Koraput). Camp Offices have been opened with Road Transport Authorities and Medical Teams for checking at these Check Points. The pass and registration details shall be checked there. Returnees can register themselves in the Camp Office at the Check Point, if not done earlier. However, Government has requested the returnees to register themselves before boarding to avoid crowding at the Check Point.

The returnees intending to come by train shall also have to register themselves before boarding. Trains shall have stoppage only at specific stations.

Quarantine protocol shall be strictly followed in both urban and rural area. In urban areas returnees shall go on Home Quarantine if required, with coordination of designated officers authorised by Municipal Commissioner. Returnee shall have to remain in institutional quarantine prepared by Government or he may also opt for paid quarantine in a hotel/lodge identified for the purpose, on own expenditure. Quarantine Centres with capacity of 2.60 lakh beds have been prepared in rural areas. Returnees coming to rural areas shall have to stay in these Centres for 14 days and their health status will be monitored regularly.

The returnees will be stamped with indelible ink with date of entry at the Border Check Point. Sticker shall be affixed in front of the residence of the person undergoing Home Quarantine. Medical team shall check and monitor health status and arrange testing for those having symptoms.

State Government is trying to contain COVID-19 in a well organised manner keeping in view the public health. During the period of quarantine returnees should strictly follow the directives and protocols. Any violation shall lead to prosecution under Epidemic Act, Disaster Management Act or any other relevant law. Returnees will be given Rs. 2000/- each after successful completion of Quarantine period.
Chief Minister Sri Naveen Patnaik has also discussed with Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu regarding return of stranded Odias in their States, through Video Conference. Chief Secretary is coordinating with Chief Secretaries of each States. Senior Officers have been assigned with responsibilities for different districts of the State.

 Department of Health & Family Welfare has stated that two Rapid Response Teams from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar have been deputed to Balasore and Bhadrak districts for strengthening of surveillance and containment activities.

 Health & Family Welfare Department has also requested to the people who have returned from West Bengal recently to come forward for COVID-19 testing, without reluctance. They may seem healthy, yet could be infected and also spread infection. They have been advised to contact local BDO/Tahasildar/Sarpanch for COVID testing and go on Home Quarantine. COVID-19 testing is free of cost, the Department has said.
 7291 nos of Temporary Medical Centres have been completed in 6798 Gram Panchayats of the State. In all these Centres, total number of 1,82,558 beds have been readied to provide COVID-19 health services in rural areas.
 Today, 3,41,314 destitute and helpless persons have been provided with food in 5394 Gram Panchayats. Similarly, in 114 ULBs 39,744 persons have been provided with food.
 From 30th April morning to 1st May morning, 32 no of cases have been registered by the Police in the state for violation of different regulations and guidelines related to COVID-19 of which 31 no. of cases for violation of lock down and 1 case for violation of Home Quarantine. 82 persons have been arrested by police for different violations.

Health Update
 Up to midnight of 30th April, 34133 samples have been tested.
 Number of Positive Cases stands 148.
 55 persons have already recovered/ discharged.
 No. of Death case 1.
 No of active cases are 92.
 203 persons are in hospital isolation.