COVID-19 positive cases in Odisha stands at 79, death toll at one: Subroto Bagchi

Bhubaneswar: Out of 11748 samples tested so far, the number of positive cases in Odisha stands at 79, said Subroto Bagchi, Chief Spokesperson of Govt. of Odisha on COVID-19 at a presser at Geeta Govinda Sadan.
While the number of active cases is 49 at present, 147 persons are under hospital isolation, Bagchi said adding that 29 persons have already recovered/discharged.
The Spokesperson on COVID-19 also shared details about the death of patient-44, who had recovered & tested negative of Coronavirus.
“The patient who died today had recovered from COVID-19 and he passed away because of pre-existing illness. Hence, we are not counting it as COVID-19 death and the total death toll in Odisha stands at one,” said Bagchi.
Information & Public Relations Department Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Sanjay Kumar Singh, also briefed the Press about steps taken by Odisha Government for prevention of COVID-19.
Here are the major takeaways:-
Hon’ble Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a significant decision taken today, has announced that State Government with Convergence with Government of India will ensure that Rs. 50 lakh is given for any Health Personnel (Private and Public) who lose their precious life in the fight against COVID-19.
The Odisha CM said that the war against COVID-19 is being fought by our doctors and Health Care Professionals in the front line, assisted by a huge army of support services. We have a rich tradition of honouring our brave hearts who fight for the country and acknowledge their supreme sacrifice. In the same spirit, we propose to recognise and honour the valiant work being done by our COVID warriors.
In case of death of Doctors and Health Professional while on duty, the State will treat them as martyrs and provide State funeral with State honours. A detailed scheme of Awards will be instituted recognising their unparallel sacrifice. These awards will be given on National Days.
The families of concerned Government Doctors and Health Professionals will continue to receive full salary till the date of retirement.
Misbehaviour to Doctors and Health personnel will be taken seriously. For any such act action under appropriate Criminal Sections will be taken against the persons including invoking the provisions of the National Security Act. This will be considered as an act against the State.
As on 20th April, 30 exclusive COVID-19 Hospitals are operational in the State. 309 Doctors, 768 Nurses and 338 Paramedics are working in 3 shifts in these hospitals. Besides, 526 Group-D people are engaged in these hospitals.
Three Rapid Response Teams (RRT) have been sent to Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts to oversee containment measures in these Districts. These teams are headed by Director, Health Services, Director, Public Health and Director, Family Welfare respectively.
Today Hon’ble Chief Minister has extended best wishes to all Civil Servants on the occasion of Civil Services Day. He said that our civil servants are working tirelessly against COVID-19 pandemic. The dedication and commitment of the ‘Steel Frame of India’ during this crisis is commendable.
Government of Odisha cleared 6 ‘Invest in Odisha’ proposals of Rs. 9100 Crore which will generate more than 6525 jobs. The approved projects are spread across steel, cement, chemical, metal and metal downstream, textile & apparels and logistic and infrastructure.
The Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment has started a website: dedicated to the farmers of the State to facilitate easy and timely marketing of Horticultural products like fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices etc. The District level Officers of Horticulture Department will provide data on the saleable products of their districts, so that interested traders can contact the farmers. A list of around 1500 businessmen/traders is available with the website.
Women and Child Development and Mission Shakti Department with UNICEF has released ‘Ghare Ghare Arunima’ a calendar-based fun-filled list of activities to engage and stimulate 16,13,775 Anganwadi children(3-6 years) across 72,587 AWCs of the State in view of the closure of Anganwadi Centres (AWC) due to COVID-19 pandemic. This will strengthen the psychological wellbeing of children and will be implemented in support of their parents and grandparents.

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