Odisha on Sunday reported 18 new COVID-19 cases, all from the city of Bhubaneswar shooting up the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the State to 39. Speaking on the rise in the tally, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked people to not panic since all cases were reported from a contained area in the State capital. "People need not panic. It’s in a contained area of Bhubaneswar with known contact. Sincere appeal - please don’t venture out and respect lockdown. Police will take very tough action on violators," said Naveen Patnaik on twitter.
The State Health and Family Welfare department announced that most of the new cases were linked to the first case confirmed in the state, and in Bomikhal, almost all were from one family.
Bhubaneshwar has about 30 active COVID positive cases. Most of them are linked to the first cases confirmed in Surya Nagar and Bomikhal. Almost all cases of Bomikhal are from one family. Both the clusters sealed and put under active surveillance. No need to panic @CMO_Odisha— H & FW Dept Odisha (@HFWOdisha) April 6, 2020
Urging people to strictly follow social distancing Patnaik assured the people that the concerned area had been sealed off. "The concerned shop markets will be sealed. Earnest request to cooperate in our fight against coronavirus," he said on Twitter. Patnaik also warned the people that failure to adhere to the norms of lockdown and social distancing could lead to criminal charges being pressed against them.
There will be zero tolerance on violation of social distancing. Any violation of social distancing will attract criminal action. The concerned shop / market will be sealed. Earnest request to cooperate in our fight against #CoronaVirus.#OdishaFightsCorona https://t.co/h669icL2wX— CMO Odisha (@CMO_Odisha) April 5, 2020
(With Agency Inputs)