People coming to Odisha by air or train from 12 states seeing a spurt in fresh Covid cases will have to stay in home isolation for seven days, the government said. Test facilities were open at both airports and at both train stations for passengers with apparent symptoms.
The health department wrote to District collectors, municipal commissioners, directors of the Biju Patnaik International Airport and the Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda, and the East Coast Railway’s (ECoR) general manager to ensure that the necessary arrangements are in place.
This step is taken as there is a steady increase in cases in Odisha in the last four days. The infection count has gradually risen from 62 on Tuesday to 68 on Wednesday, 89 on Thursday, and 94 on Friday. While the people returning from the states of Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Punjab, Delhi, Chandigarh, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh will remain in home isolation regardless of their health status, with RT-PCR checking for anyone who develops symptoms during the isolation time.
“If a passenger is found to be positive for Covid-19 during home isolation, care will be given in accordance with the Covid protocol.” Officials suggested that the registration of passengers at the airport and at the train stations would be carried out to ensure isolation at home. This will also help track them.