Subrat Kumar Sarangi
Bhubaneswar (NVI): The total number of coronavirus cases in Odisha reached 11,201 today with 577 fresh cases in the biggest single-day spike so far, according to state Health and Family Welfare Department.
This is the third consecutive day that the state has recorded COVID-19 cases over 500-mark.
Keeping in view the surge in COVID-19 positive cases in Ganjam, District Magistrate Vijay Amruta Kulange has directed to impose five-day shutdown in all town areas till July 13.
During this period, health workers will be conducting door-to-door health screening of more than 7 lakh people residing in the region.
In a tweet, Ganjam district administration yesterday said that, all government offices, banks in urban area will be closed for public during the shutdown. Essential services like movement of milk van, medicine stores and ambulance services will be allowed to operate.
Furthermore, halting of passenger trains in all stations has been restricted. As per the instructions of government of Odisha, East Coast Railway has decided to close all railway stations for public entry in Ganjam.
It has also been reported that 15 COVID-19 warriors – 5 doctors and 10 nurses – of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla, Odisha have been placed under quarantine after they came in contact with a COVID-19 patient on Wednesday.