Odisha Avoided Community Transmission So Far, Social Distancing To Be Strictly Maintained: CS On COVID-19

05 April 2020


Bhubaneswar: In the ongoing war against COVID-19, Odisha been one of those provinces which managed containment of the disease impressively, so far. Briefing about Odisha Government’s effort and strategy to combat Coronavirus, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy today ruled out the apprehension of community transmission in the State.

In a special address to the media and people at large, Tripathy said that the anxiety on whether Odisha entered the third stage (Community Transmission) of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, can be laid to rest, for the moment.

But Tripathy was quick to chip in with a word of caution, reasserting the importance of social distancing to ensure that Odisha maintains what it has managed to achieve till now. Referring to the positive cases in Surya Nagar and Bomikhal areas of the Capital, he said that the contact tracing revealed that each case the infected person(s) had a travel history to Kolkata and Bhopal respectively where they could have contracted the disease.

“The detection of 15 positive cases had brought to fore the chances of this being community transmission, however, that is not the case. We have actively contained the COVID-19 hotspots during the 48-hour shutdown and hope to continue the same in the near future. The local administration has been empowered to implement the closure of possible infection hotspots for containment of the deadly virus,” said Tripathy.

He added that going out en mass once the shutdown comes to an end will negate the benefits reaped from the shutdown. On a cautionary note, he said, “You might be out to buy vegetable or grocery but will be coming back with the virus.” Tripathy stresses that maintenance of social distancing is the biggest weapon in beating coronavirus and we must continue to strictly maintain it.

The Chief Secretary profusely thanked the complete cooperation which they received from the residents of the Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Bhadrak municipalities during the 48-hour shutdown which will come to an end tonight at 8 pm. He also urged community leaders, intellectuals to come forward to create awareness of the current scenario and on the maintenance of peace and harmony.

Asit Tripathy, Chief Secretary, Govt Of Odisha