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Alarmed By Surge In COVID-19 Cases In Odisha, Naveen Patnaik Asks People To Follow Guidelines

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has appealed to all those from the state who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat’s gathering in Delhi to voluntarily come forward, get tested for coronavirus”and follow all guidelines.

“Only through awareness we can break the chain of coronavirus, there is no need to panic and hide, but we do need to be careful, do not be afraid of anything, you have the complete support of the government and myself,” Patnaik appealed.

A total of 28 persons who attended the Jamaat gathering in Delhi have been identified and tested for coronavirus in Odisha.

Out of these, the results of three persons came positive while the results of 25 others were negative. One each from Cuttack, Puri, and Jajpur, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state. The total number of positive cases in Odisha stood at 20, according to the state government

“Your cooperation will be for the safety of your own family, as  coronavirus is currently the biggest threat to the human race, and to beat it we all need to come together,” Patnaik said.

The Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi has emerged as a hotspot for COVID-19 after several positive cases from across India were linked to the gathering including deaths in Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Telangana.

The Chief Minister sought help from women, asking for their cooperation in containing the virus and appealed all Odisha citizens to observe complete shutdown during the 21-day nationwide lockdown.


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