Odisha reports 6 fresh cases, Total cases rise to 74
Odisha, Kerala have the longest doubling rate in the country : Health Ministry
Bhubaneswar: In a crucial turn of event, Odisha has reported another six positive cases today, taking the total cases to 74 in the state.
Out of the six new cases, 5 are from Jajpur district and one is from Sundargarh district.
But, what makes today’s development crucial is the fact that five of the 6 new cases are labourers and they have travel history from Kolkata. According to government sources, these five men were working in factories in West Bengal’s Hawda and they have returned to the state on 28th and 29 of March i.e after the enforcement of the nation-wide lockdown. The authorities are suspecting that, in the absence of public transport, these men might have returned to the state by walking or through vehicles transporting essential goods.
Second Update On Positive Cases, 20th April, 2020
01 new Positive Case From Bisra (Contact case) Sundargarh
05 new Positive Cases From Jajpur
Total no of Positive Cases: 74
Contact tracing and follow up action is being done.
— I & PR Department, Odisha (@IPR_Odisha) April 20, 2020
Earlier today Odisha had reported 7 new cases including 6 from Bhadrak and one from Balasore district. The six people from Bhadrak have reportedly travel history from WestBengal.
Meanwhile, the Union health ministry today praised Odisha and Kerala for their effective management of the pandemic. Both the states have the longest doubling rates in the country. While the national average is 7 days, these two states have more than 31 days of doubling rate.