All 103 samples test negative in Odisha - state government plans to convert a students hostel into a hospital

  • Odisha has reported three coronavirus positive cases.
  • The state government of Odisha led by CM Naveen Patnaik has been proactive in its approach and was one of the first states to announce a complete lockdown.
  • The government is also tracing individuals who have returned from a foreign country in the recent past.
Odisha has three confirmed Coronavirus cases so far. Both the cases in the state are from people who have a travel history in the recent past. Yet, the state is taking no chances and is taking all steps necessary to contain the virus.

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All 103 samples examined for coronavirus infection on Monday have tested negative in Odisha, officials said. Though it comes as a big relief, the authorities will not be complacent in their fight against COVID-19, they said.

The state government on Monday sent 103 samples, 80 samples to RMRC, Bhubaneswar and 23 to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. All the samples tested negative for coronavirus, said a senior health department official.

Meanwhile, a new hostel of a state-run engineering institute in Odisha's Sambalpur district will be converted into a 500-bed hospital for treating COVID- 19 patients, officials said on Tuesday.

In its proactive approach towards tackling the coronavirus pandemic, the state will now train MBBS students for coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the government has issued a heat wave alert in the state, which might make it difficult to continue the fight against the virus.

The Odisha government announced that it will give street vendors, who have to stay home and are robbed of their income due to coronavirus, ₹3,000 each.

The Chief Minister said around 65,000 registered street vendors will be benefited in the state following the announcement.

The Odisha government has ensured food and shelter for around 5,547 migrant workers from other states who are stranded in Odisha in the wake of the nationwide lockdown to combat the Covid-19 outbreak, an official said on Friday (March 27).

Additionally, the government also announced that it will provide cooked food to people in rural areas.

"As the third COVID-19 case in Odisha has a contact history with a staff of the Assembly, all the officials need to put themselves in home quarantine. The entire building will be disinfected to prevent the spread of the virus," said the Speaker.

The state government on Thursday signed two tripartite agreements with SUM and KIMS Medical Colleges here to set up the 1,000-bed state level hospitals in Bhubaneswar for treatment of Covid-19 patients. The hospitals will be built within 15 days.

The Odisha government has asked 82,248 people to remain in self-quarantine as they have recently returned either from abroad or from other states in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak, an official said on Wednesday.

The state governments chief COVID-19 spokesperson Subroto Bagchi said 78,233 people returned from other states within India, while 4,015 others have reached Odisha from foreign countries recently.

"We cannot say for certain that none of the 78,233 people who returned to Odisha from other states have no virus.
Therefore, they need to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine," Bagchi said.

The 4,015 foreign returnees will also be kept under self-quarantine, he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced four months' advance salary for doctors, nurses and other medical staff who have been engaged 24x7 in the anti-COVID-19 operation.

About 48,000 employees will be benefited from the governments decision.

In another measure, the state government released Covid-19 assistance of Rs 44.5 crore to 30 districts.

The state government led by CM Naveen Patnaik has been proactive in its approach and was one of the first states to announce a complete lockdown. This includes the plying of interstate buses. The state government also banned a gathering of more than 7 people.

"If you go out - you risk bringing the virus to your family. The administration will take tough action on anyone violating this and risking their lives, their family members and people of Odisha," said Patnaik.

The Odisha government on Tuesday directed the transferred government employees to join at their place of posting within 48 hours. Action will be taken against those who don't follow the orders, said Subroto Bagchi, Odisha government's chief spokesperson.

The Odisha government on Tuesday declared a lockdown in all 30 districts of the state to prevent the spread of coronavirus, while essential services will remain open.

The government is also tracing individuals who have returned from a foreign country in the recent past. Patnaik too registered his sister in the government portal for persons returning from abroad.


Patnaik is known for his disaster management skills and proactiveness during emergencies. Having seen complete destruction in the super cyclone of 1999, the Odisha government had all preparations in place for Cyclone Phani which resulted in evacuation of millions.

Patnaik has also urged Chief Ministers across the country to help stranded Odias with food, accommodation and security.

"I will be grateful if this message is passed on to all the district collectors of your state.The Odisha government will bear whatever cost is needed for their safekeeping," said the Chief Minister.

Odisha has also set up a seven member unit that will monitor the movement of goods within the state.

In India, the number of Coronavirus cases has shot up to 1417, with 140 cured and 47 dead.

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