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Odisha Government Issues Advisory On Workplace COVID Management, Experts Say Such Outbreaks Are Inevitable

The advisory issued by Odisha government for workplaces states that there is no need to close the entire office building or halt work in other areas of the office, if the the COVID outbreak is small

Odisha Government Issues Advisory On Workplace COVID Management, Experts Say Such Outbreaks Are Inevitable
Highlights
  • Advisory was issued after government employees tested COVID positive
  • In small outbreaks, areas visited by the patient in 48 hours to be sealed
  • For bigger outbreak, the entire building needs to be closed for 48 hours

New Delhi: When a few government employees in Bhubaneswar tested positive for COVID-19 at Lok Seva Bhawan (Secretariat), the Odisha government issued an advisory for workplace management. The advisory directs that the entire office building will be closed for 48 hours. The advisory reads,

If there are one or more cases reported, places and areas visited by the COVID patient in the past 48 hours will be sealed for entry.

Furthermore, it says that there is no need to close the entire office building or halt work in other areas of the office.

The work can be resumed after following the laid down disinfection protocol – closing down for minimum 24 hours after disinfection, it added.

Also Read: Odisha Government Announces 14-day Complete Lockdown In Four High Caseload Districts

However, if there is a large outbreak, which means more than five cases, the entire building has to be closed for 48 hours after thorough disinfection, the advisory said.

Dr Subhash Dash, who is a Physician in Bhubaneswar since two decades, told NDTV that such outbreaks at workplaces could be inevitable in coming months. He said that while the advisory is a welcome move, we need to dig deep into the issue of the lockdown,

The problem of COVID spike in Odisha is simple. We had imposed A lockdown in March end, when the central government announced a nationwide lockdown to control the virus. However, at the time, Odisha and other eastern states did not require a lockdown because there were no cases here. Due to this hasty decision of a lockdown, so many migrants were forced to return back to their hometowns on foot, all over the country and unknowingly, a lot of them carried the virus with them.

Dr Dash says that the due to the lockdown, Odisha’s economy, just like other states, suffered so much that now they can’t help but restart their economy.

Malls, offices, etc in the state are opening up now, when the state is already observing a spike in the cases. however, this is the time that we can’t afford a lockdown. In my opinion, a lockdown for 1.37 billion people should have been more planned and in phases. Migrant workers should have been given the opportunity to safely reach home, with the lockdown starting from the worst affected states. Many states need a lockdown now from health perspective, but can’t afford it from an economic perspective, Odisha being one of them.

Also Read: Odisha Allows Home Isolation Of Asymptomatic, Mild Symptomatic COVID-19 Patients In Rural Areas

According to the Union Health Ministry, Odisha has 19,835 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 5,977 active cases, 13,750 recoveries and 108 deaths as on July 24.

In view of the surge in COVID cases, an official from Odisha’s Health Department told NDTV that the ‘health infrastructure is stable in the state’. He said,

There is an adequate stock of medicine and logistics for the coming months to combat COVID-19.

Talking about the entire state and its preparedness to deal with the pandemic the official added,

Odisha has 35 COVID-19 dedicated hospitals across the state with 5,577 beds, of which 4,287 are currently occupied. Similarly, of the 312 ICU beds available in the state, 126 have been occupied. In addition, the state has initiated Plasma Therapy to treat COVID patients at three dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals – SUM Hospital, KIMS Hospital in Bhubaneswar and Ashwini Hospital in Cuttack. We are also slowly increasing testing in the state, currently, the capacity is 7,000 tests per day, we plan to soon ramp it up to 9,000 Covid-19 tests a day.

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World

24,00,62,413Cases
20,17,73,183Active
3,33,99,961Recovered
48,89,269Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,00,62,413 and 48,89,269 have died; 20,17,73,183 are active cases and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 4:08 am.

India

3,40,53,573 15,981Cases
2,01,6322,046Active
3,33,99,961 17,861Recovered
4,51,980 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,53,573 confirmed cases including 4,51,980 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,01,632 and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,88,429 2,149

33,379 222

64,15,316 1,898

1,39,734 29

Kerala

48,38,811 8,867

95,349 1,072

47,16,728 9,872

26,734 67

Karnataka

29,82,869 470

9,700 93

29,35,238 368

37,931 9

Tamil Nadu

26,84,641 1,245

15,238 213

26,33,534 1,442

35,869 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,708 586

6,453 135

20,38,960 712

14,295 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,014 6

133 2

16,86,984 8

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,463 451

7,513 63

15,52,997 506

18,953 8

Delhi

14,39,337 26

327 10

14,13,921 36

25,089

Odisha

10,34,276 467

4,817 73

10,21,180 535

8,279 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,624 10

197 6

9,91,857 16

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,383 1

40 2

9,45,389 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,258 14

212 3

8,15,960 17

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,675 6

106 5

7,82,046 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,049 14

116 11

7,60,884 3

10,049

Bihar

7,26,021 5

46 4

7,16,314 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,722 104

4,056 115

6,60,730 218

3,936 1

Assam

6,05,944 97

3,458 188

5,96,547 284

5,939 1

Punjab

6,01,992 21

228 6

5,85,224 25

16,540 2

Jharkhand

3,48,415 9

130 0

3,43,150 9

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,739 10

179 4

3,36,163 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,885 51

895 40

3,25,564 91

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,203 90

1,361 26

2,16,125 114

3,717 2

Goa

1,77,410 54

648 31

1,73,423 81

3,339 4

Puducherry

1,27,296 37

611 36

1,24,836 73

1,849

Manipur

1,22,545 113

1,444 0

1,19,208 109

1,893 4

Mizoram

1,11,651 932

13,316 285

97,955 1,211

380 6

Tripura

84,299 4

102 8

83,381 12

816

Meghalaya

82,815 81

893 1

80,490 79

1,432 1

Chandigarh

65,297 2

30 2

64,447 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,964 6

183 19

54,501 25

280

Sikkim

31,739 17

189 35

31,159 51

391 1

Nagaland

31,547 31

228 2

30,645 32

674 1

Ladakh

20,871 4

42 2

20,621 6

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

1 1

10,313 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641 1

9 1

7,503 2

129

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