Bhubaneswar Declared Covid-19 Free Zone as All 48 Patients Recover; Night Curfew in State Capital, Cuttack

Odisha capital Bhubaneswar on Monday become coronavirus free with the recovery of all the 48 COVID-19 patients in the city, an official said.

Bhubaneswar, which reported the states first COVID-19 case on March 15 and Odisha's first corona fatality on April 6 was declared as free from the highly infectious disease, the official said.

The last batch of three patients were among the states total 57 cases declared as COVID-19 cured patients on Monday.

Of the 50 cases reported from the city, 48 have recovered and two persons died .

Bhubaneswar and Jagatsinghpur district now have no active cases of COVID-19, a health department statement said.

Of the 57 persons declared as recovered from the disease, 40 patients are from Ganjam district, 5 from Jagatsinghpur, 4 from Mayurbhanj, 3 from Bhubaneswar, 2 from Bolangir and one each from Sundergarh, Balasore and Kendrapara.

With this, the total number of patients so far recovered from the disease increased to 277 out of the 876 COVID-19 cases. Four persons have so far died due to COVID-19.

As many as 48 new COVID-19 cases were detected on Monday, officials said.

Earlier, Jharsuguda, Kalahandi, Dhenkanal and Koraput districts were also declared coronavirus free. The COVID-19 cases have been reported from 23 of the states 30 districts, officials said.

The Commissionerate of Police, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack on Monday imposed 12-hour night curfew in both the cities till May 31, official sources said.

Commissioner of Police Sudhansu Sarangi in an order said: Movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am, except for essential activities. Local authorities shall issue orders in the entire area of their jurisdiction, under appropriate provision of law, such as prohibitory orders (curfew) under section 144 of CrPC and ensure strict compliance.

The order is promulgated in urgent need to avoid danger to human life, health safety by the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

I direct that movement of all non-essential activities in the jurisdiction of the police commissionerate, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am till 31.05.2020 from the date of the publication of the order, he said.