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62 UK Returnees Go ‘Untraceable’ In Odisha

Bhubaneswar:28/12/20: As many as 62 travelers, who returned to Odisha from the United Kingdom recently, have reportedly gone untraceable.

The disappearance of the UK returnees has sent alarm bells ringing among health officials and the authorities engaged in the battle against Covid-19 especially in the background of fears that some of them might be carrying the deadly mutant strain of the virus.

Dr. Niranjan Mishra, director of Public Health (Odisha) on Monday said that around 181 travelers returned to the State from the UK between November 30 and December 20, 2020.

Of the total returnees, 119 persons underwent the COVID-19 test in different phases and six of them tested positive for coronavirus.

Mishra, however, said that there was no need to panic as all the 62 persons have already completed the 14-day quarantine period, irrespective of their whereabouts. “We are trying to trace them so that their genome sequencing can be conducted to find if they are COVID-19 positive.”

Earlier, the Centre had issued an advisory to all state governments and UTs to trace and conduct the COVID-19 test of UK returnees after a new strain of the virus was detected in the English islands in September 2020.


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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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