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The dreaded COVID-19 is slowly spreading its tentacles in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: 15/6/20: The dreaded COVID-19 is slowly spreading its tentacles in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha state, with 34 positive cases identified in the past one week.

Of these, 30 persons are from quarantine centers and other four are from local areas. While 32 are men, two are women patients.

This is despite the precautions taken by the state government and the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation to keep the novel Coronavirus at bay. Weekly shutdowns are carried out in the containment zones and restrictions on the opening of shopping malls and places of worship are enforced strictly.

The authorities have earlier predicted that there might be an increase in the number of positive cases in the month of June. And the prediction is about to come true if one is to go by the latest situation in the state capital.

Reports said the four locals had come in contact with corona affected persons from different districts. The persons at quarantine centres testing positive for Covid-19 have a travel history to other states and countries.Of the three employees of Apolo hospital, one is a woman aged 46 years. She belongs to Gadakana area. Similarly, of the three affected employees of AIIMS, one is a lady student. The list of other positive cases follows as such-

Dumduma(3),Damana(1),Patia(50),Bharatpur(1),Nayapalli(3),Jayadeb Vihar(2),Chandrasekharpur(1), Pokhariput(1),DAV School area(1),Bhimpur(1)Unit-IV(2),Kalinga vihar Shailabala enclave(1),Satyanagar(1), Rasulgarh Netaji Vihar(1),Jadupur Begunia Masjib area(1), Unit III Masjid colony(1), Palasuni Kapileswar Vihar(1) and one service provider from a private hospital.

Media reports said the number of coronavirus cases is on the rise due to the relaxation of guidelines. The BMC had relaxed the opening of some shopping complexes and shops for Raja and Savitri festivals.The social distancing norms seemed to be forgotten by the people who are caring a little for highly infectious coronavirus.

About Ashok Palit

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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