Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s COVID-19 situation seems getting out of control as the state reported 17 new cases this morning taking the tally to 287.
According to the information released by the health department, all the 17 patients are male and out of them, 12 are from Ganjam, three from Mayurbhanj and One each from Bhadrak and Sundragrah (Rourkela). Except for the Raurkela patient, all others are Surat returnees.
Out of Odisha’s 287 cases, 222 are active cases while 2 persons have died and 63 persons have successfully treated in the hospitals and discharged.
First Health Update, 9th May
12 positive cases in Ganjam
One positive in Bhadrak
Three positives in Mayurbhanj
(All Surat returnees. All Male)
One positive in Rourkela
(Within containment zone)
Contact tracing and follow-up action is being done.
Total Positive Case: 287
— I & PR Department, Odisha (@IPR_Odisha) May 9, 2020
Ganjam, a district from southern Odisha is fast becoming the COVID-19 hotspot as most of the new cases are being reported from the migrant workers returned from Surat, Gujarat.
Meanwhile, after the Supreme Court lifted Orissa HC stay on the return of migrants without test, Odisha officers are now coordinating with their counterparts for return trains from Surat, Ahmedabad, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, a senior official said.
The Surat district administration has decided to resume movement of migrant labourers in Shramik Special trains. It has earlier stopped movement of the trains after the Odisha High Court order.