Jajpur district(Jajpur collector goes on war mode as zone reports most Covid cases) in Odisha has seen an appalling rise in the count of Covid-19 positive cases in just two weeks. With 48 cases, the district now categorised as ‘Red Zone’, has upstaged Khurda which had hitherto seen the highest incidence of cases at 47.
Katikata, the containment zone in Jajpur(Jajpur collector goes on war mode as zone reports most Covid cases) has seen an unprecedented upsurge in cases with 21 cases erupting in only two weeks.
Jajpur collector Ranjan Kumar Das(Jajpur collector goes on war mode as zone reports most Covid cases) admitted that there are over 700 returnees from West Bengal and people not conforming to quarantine guidelines has shot up the cases.
“All the returnees have now been put into institutional quarantine”, he informed.
Sarpanch of Katikata Sanjuktarani Parida added that although she had appealed to the returnees to remain in home quarantine, a majority did not follow the advice. State’s patient no. 96, a resident of Katikata, had returned from Kolkata with six others on March 29.
Although he stayed in quarantine for 14 days, the 57-year-old man tested positive on April 25. He was kept in a quarantine centre till April 12. Following this, the administration had declared the panchayat as containment zone.
For the Jajpur district administration(Jajpur collector goes on war mode as zone reports most Covid cases), a bigger risk looms as 50,000 Odia labourers are set to return.
“To keep these workers in quarantine for 14 days, the district administration has kept 436 government quarantine centres ready. As about 20,000 more workers are willing to return to the district, arrangements are being made to open more quarantine centres,” he added.
The Collector said that out of 19 COVID-19 patients identified in the district so far, one patient has been completely cured while of the remaining 18 patients, one is undergoing treatment at the Ashwini COVID Hospital in Cuttack and 18 have been admitted to the COVID hospital in Kalinganagar.
“Of the 19 patients, one is linked to Nizamuddin and the remaining are linked to West Bengal,” he pointed out.