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Odisha Number of Covid-19 patients rises to 9

Bhubaneswar:3/4/20: Three persons of Bomikhal here tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. This has raised the number of total patients in the state to 9.

Odisha government COVID-19 chief spokesperson Subroto Bagchi said up to 12 noon on Friday 1113 samples were tested. Bagchi said 124 contacts of the 3rd and 4th case have been identified. There are 30 contacts of the 5th case, he added.

The spokesperson said the 6th positive is from Cuttack and added that investigation is on to trace his contacts.

He said 60 persons are under hospital isolation today. From among 27 returnees from Hazrat Nizamuddin, seven persons are foreigners. Twenty-one cases have tested negative in the COVID-19 test while the sample of one person is positive.

The Odisha COVID-19 chief spokesperson told the media that in order to contain infections and to aggressively trace the contacts of 5th and 6th coronavirus positive patients and to intensify testing, the government has ordered for total shutdown for 48 hours in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, and Bhadrak municipal areas.

All shops including grocery, vegetable, fruit and milk and all business establishments will remain shut during the lockdown.  Only health, police and limited emergency services will be available.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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