28 March 2020
Bhubaneswar: The third COVID-19 patient of Odisha had come in contact with as many as 112 persons before testing positive, revealed Odisha's Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19, Subroto Bagchi today.
"The third COVID-19 has come in contact with 112 persons. These people are under observation, we are in touch with them," said Bagchi addressing a scheduled presser at the Geeta Govinda Sadan here today.
Referring to his explanation yesterday on who could be a 'Super Spreader', like the 61-year-old South Korean woman coronavirus patient identified as 'Patient 31' whose contacts were traced to 1,140, the Chief spokesperson gave an idea on the possibility of number of persons those who could have been infected by the third positive case and how the infection spreads.
"As I had told you that the third COVID-19 patient can possibly turn out to be 'Super Spreader'. He had come in contact with 32 persons in the flight on which he returned, in his family he had come in contact with his wife, daughter, his driver and his female assistant, he had come in contact with 44 of his colleagues in the bank where he works, with seven staff members of the Vidhan Sabha, with 21 persons in the clinic where he was admitted, with three persons in the pathological laboratory where his blood sample was tested, let us assume that the number is 112," Bagchi said giving details.
He informed that a contact sheet of these 112 persons have been prepared and admitted that 15 of them remain to be traced while adding that efforts are on to trace them.
"Out of the contacts of the third patient, samples of 11 have been tested. While one sample has tested negative, the results of the remaining 10 are awaited," the Chief Spokesperson stated and added that the idea of telling about 112 contacts was not intended at creating a sense of fear but to sensitize.
"A person living in the same household with a COVID-19 case; a person having direct contact with a COVID-19 case, or his/her infectious secretions without recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) or with a possible breach of personal protective equipment (PPE)-this is for care givers in hospitals; a person who was in closed environment or had a face-to-face contact with a COVID-19 case at a distance of within one metre including air travel. The epidemiological link may have occurred within a 14 day period before the onset of illness in the case under consideration," said Bagchi giving an idea who exactly is considered as a contact in the COVID-19 case as per the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Director of Health Services Dr Bijay Mohapatra explained in Odia on who is considered a contact in the COVID-19 case as per the WHO.