Worries Grow in Odisha After 3rd Coronavirus Case; State Plans 1,000-bed Hospital

Worries Grow in Odisha After 3rd Coronavirus Case; State Plans 1,000-bed HospitalWorries Grow in Odisha After 3rd Coronavirus Case; State Plans 1,000-bed Hospital

Bhubaneswar: The authorities in Odisha have vamped up measures to prevent community transmission of coronavirus after the state recorded its third positive case on Thursday. Officials have tightened the implementation of the 21-day lockdown which came into effect across the country on March 25. The state health department announced late on Thursday evening that a person from Bhubaneswar had tested positive for the virus. The statement came a week after two infected people were identified – one on March 15 and the second on March 19. Subrato Bagchi, chief spokesperson of the state’s Information, Education & Communication (IEC) cell for COVID-19, had said, “Both the patients are recovering well.” He said, “About 84,000 people have returned to Odisha from other states in the past few days, including those with a high incidence of infection. They have been asked to stay in self-quarantine. A lockdown is already in force across the state and measures are being taken to prevent an outbreak.” Anticipating a rise in the number of positive cases in the next two weeks, the state government on Thursday signed MoUs with two private hospitals-cum-medical colleges in Bhubaneswar to set up a 1,000-bed treatment centre of COVID-19 patients. “The COVID-19 medical facility will be ready by the next week, and there will be adequate facilities available to ensure effective treatment of people suffering from the virus disease. There will be ICUs in both the medical facilities,” said state chief secretary Asit Tripathy after the government signed two tripartite MoU with top officials of SUM ...
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