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Bhubaneswar Conducts COVID-19 Tests For Inmates Of Shelter For Urban Homeless In Odisha

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is conducting COVID-19 tests for the inmates of the Shelter for Urban Homeless (SUH) of Ganganagar, Bhimpur, Chandrasekharpur and others

Bhubaneswar Conducts COVID-19 Tests For Inmates Of Shelter For Urban Homeless In Odisha
Highlights
  • Odisha’s Bhubaneswar has eight Shelters for Urban Homeless
  • Mobile COVID testing van from BMC and Capital Hospital conducts tests
  • Inmates of Chandrasekharpur centre went to the nearby COVID testing facilit

Bhubaneswar: Continuing its fight against the pandemic, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has conducted the COVID-19 testing for the inmates of the Shelter for Urban Homeless (SUH). The effort, which started at the three SUH of Ganganagar, Bhimpur and Chandrasekharpur on Sunday (August 23), continued today at SUH Ghatikia. While today the COVID tests were done on 21 inmates, yesterday the test was done on 102 inmates of the three SUH. The mobile COVID testing van from BMC and Capital Hospital conducted the tests of the SUH inmates. In the Chandrasekharpur centre the inmates went to the nearby testing facility to get their tests done.

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Currently, the city has eight SUH spread across the city. While the SUH facilities at Ganganagar, Bhimpur, Chandrasekharpur, Malisahi, Ashok Nagar and Social Equity Centre are managed by social service organisation Odisha Patita Uddhar Samiti, the SUH at Ghatikia and Baramunda are managed by social service organisation Vikas. It is learned that the rest of the SUH and their inmates will be coveted by COVID-19 tests subsequently.

Out of the 102 tested yesterday, 24 from Chandrasekharpur were women as the SUH is having women-only inmates. At Ganganagar and Chandrasekharpur old age and mentally challenged persons are staying under the supervision of OPUS.

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Octogenarian Sailabala Mohanty (82) of SUH Chandrasekharpur said, “During this pandemic situation when every individual is worried about the coronavirus, the step taken by the BMC authorities to conduct tests for the inmates of SUH is a welcome step and it proves the sensitive and responsible attitude of the civic body towards the needy people.”

Arikshita Raula (70) from Ganganagar SUH said,

We feel proud that the city administration also thinks about our well-being at this pandemic situation as the entire administrative mechanism is extremely busy with the COVID control exercise.’

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A testing camp was organized at Gopabandhu Leprosy Colony in the Buddha Nagar slum area on August 17. More than 72 differently-abled people turned up to undergo the Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests. Among the people tested there were elderly persons, people with disabilities and leprosy-affected patients.

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World

24,15,50,353Cases
20,31,59,099Active
3,34,78,247Recovered
49,13,007Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,15,50,353 and 49,13,007 have died; 20,31,59,099 are active cases and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,41,08,996 14,623Cases
1,78,0985,020Active
3,34,78,247 19,446Recovered
4,52,651 197Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,08,996 confirmed cases including 4,52,651 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,098 and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,94,820 1,638

30,408 1,202

64,24,547 2,791

1,39,865 49

Kerala

48,68,640 7,643

80,857 2,922

47,60,781 10,488

27,002 77

Karnataka

29,84,022 349

9,129 64

29,36,926 399

37,967 14

Tamil Nadu

26,89,463 1,179

14,326 244

26,39,209 1,407

35,928 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,287 483

5,654 55

20,41,316 534

14,317 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,047 11

118 5

16,87,031 16

22,898

West Bengal

15,81,946 726

7,428 12

15,55,520 705

18,998 9

Delhi

14,39,441 36

322 24

14,14,029 11

25,090 1

Odisha

10,35,973 556

4,281 66

10,23,398 618

8,294 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,701 20

188 1

9,91,943 21

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,392

38 5

9,45,400 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,326 18

185 8

8,16,055 26

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,700 10

79 2

7,82,098 12

10,523

Haryana

7,71,101 9

126 0

7,60,926 9

10,049

Bihar

7,26,033 5

42 2

7,16,330 7

9,661

Telangana

6,69,365 202

3,940 11

6,61,484 190

3,941 1

Assam

6,07,119 353

3,585 124

5,97,577 229

5,957

Punjab

6,02,081 22

216 3

5,85,316 20

16,549 5

Jharkhand

3,48,461 17

128 3

3,43,198 14

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,765 6

175 1

3,36,193 7

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,221 84

803 13

3,25,990 97

4,428

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,826 222

1,348 78

2,16,751 142

3,727 2

Goa

1,77,659 80

620 20

1,73,685 56

3,354 4

Puducherry

1,27,479 55

490 33

1,25,137 86

1,852 2

Manipur

1,22,899 95

1,358 25

1,19,640 116

1,901 4

Mizoram

1,14,466 665

10,768 606

1,03,305 1,269

393 2

Tripura

84,349 6

102 11

83,431 17

816

Meghalaya

83,079 65

740 37

80,900 101

1,439 1

Chandigarh

65,310 4

25 1

64,465 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,031 17

145 0

54,606 17

280

Sikkim

31,783 27

181 16

31,210 10

392 1

Nagaland

31,641 14

247 5

30,718 18

676 1

Ladakh

20,883 2

34 0

20,641 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

4 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646 4

8 1

7,509 3

129

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