Bhubaneswar: Over 35,000 migrant workers, students, professionals, tourists, pilgrims stranded in other States of the country have so far returned to Odisha.

Chief spokesperson of Odisha government on COVID-19 Subrato Bagchi said, “So far 35, 540 Odias have returned to the State.”

“Odia brothers and sisters are returning Odisha every day since 3rd May. 7451 Odia people have returned to Odisha today. So far 35540 Odias have returned to Odisha. Returnees are coming by train/bus and other vehicles.”

Bagchi said all the returnees will have to undergo 14 days quarantine period.

He said, “About 12,000 Temporary Medical Centres/Camps have been readied in 6798 Gram Panchayats of the State. In all these Centres, around 5 lakh beds have been arranged to provide COVID-19 health services in rural areas.
The Temporary Health Centres/Camps are provided with all basic facilities and priority has been given on sanitation and cleanliness. Quality food as per the Menu Chart is served. Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) are used by the health workers along with other service providers working in these centres/camps.”

The spokesperson said, “In view of the reporting of COVID-19 positive cases in Ganjam, a Team consisting of Director, Family Welfare and Scientist, RMRC, Bhubaneswar has been deputed to the district to supervise surveillance and containment measures. In addition, a Rapid Response Team has been also constituted to strengthen surveillance, contact tracing, testing and medical preparedness in the district. Health & Family Welfare Department has issued an Order to this effect.”
“On the request of Health & Family Welfare Department, one Rapid Response Team (RRT) from AIIMS, Bhubaneswar is visiting Bolangir for strengthening surveillance activities & medical response.”

Development commissioner-cum-additional chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra and secretary to chief minister (5T) V.K. Pandian visited Nayagarh and reviewed management of COVID Hospital in Nayagarh District.

Giving an health update, Bagchi said up to midnight of 5th May, 2 deaths have reported. Out of 47454 samples tested, 185 cases were found to be positive.

Panchyatiraj principal secretary Deoranjan Kumar Singh,. I &PR secretary Sanjay Kumar Singh and SCB Medical College Prof. Dr. Jayant Panda also briefed the press about steps taken by government of Odisha for prevention of COVID-19.