With 33 West Bengal returnees testing positive for COVID-19 in just one week, the Odisha government is using mobile tracking to track down people who visited the neighboring state during the lockdown period, said Saturday officials.
Using technology to locate returnees from West Bengal is another strategy of the state government after engaging the panchayat and officials of urban local agencies to locate them in every nook and cranny of the state, have they declared.
The state government obtained information on 2,900 returnees from West Bengal with the help of a single telecommunications service provider. Other service providers had yet to submit their findings reports to the government, officials said.
What has come as a surprise to the administration is that returnees from West Bengal are spread across 29 of Odisha’s 30 districts, while 33 people from Bhadrak, Jajpur and Balasore have been Corona positive so far. . Efforts are underway to locate all returnees from Bengal, a senior official said.
The National Health Mission (NHM), according to sources, has meanwhile asked all district collectors to locate returnees and keep them in quarantine at home. District administration officials were also asked to send in their samples for analysis.
While the highest number of 772 returnees from Bengal was located in Balasore district, it is followed by 329 in Jajpur and 242 in Bhadrak district. Likewise, Boudh district reported only one returnee and there was none from Nuapada district, they said.
âSo far, we have followed 21 of the 43 returnees in Koraput district. Their samples were sent to RMRC in Bhubaneswar for corona testing, âsaid Makaranda Beura, Koraput District Chief Medical Officer (CDMO).
Police have been urged to locate the remaining people, the CDMO said, adding that this method of tracking would be useful in breaking the chain of transmission of the virus.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday shared an infographic on the state’s COVID-19 status through April 24.
The total number of COVID-19 patients in Odisha remained at 94 with 60 active cases while 33 recovered. One person has died of the disease, the department said.