Odisha govt to test 5000 sample in next week

Bhubaneswar: In view of 46 number of cases out of total 60 cases reported from Bhubaneswar, the Odisha government has made a special action plan for combating COVID-19 in Bhubaneswar.

Accordingly, the government has decided to intensify testing and tracing in Bhubaneswar.

It has been decided to test 5000 sample in next one week.

It would be highest per million testing amongst the cities of India.

As per ICMR protocol, Health & Family Welfare Department of Odisha has made priority category for testing depending on vulnerability.

As a result of the action plan, Bhubaneswar has been divided into 3 administrative zones and 2 Senior IAS Officers have been designated to oversee intensive sampling of primary and secondary contacts, contact tracing, household survey by the surveillance team in the containment zone and supervising the achievement of the above testing target in Bhubaneswar.

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy has appealed to the people of Bhubaneswar to come forward voluntarily for sample testing.

He has also requested to the office bearers of various RWA (Residents Welfare Association), Puja Committees and leaders of localities to cooperate in such a drive.

Legal action may be taken against those not cooperating in sample testing.