By Bizodisha Bureau, Bhubaneswar, March 26, 2020: Odisha, which still has no casualty due to coronavirus, on Thursday reported third COVID-19 positive case.

The state government Thursday said that it has so far tested samples from 164 suspected patients of coronavirus.

The third COVID-19 positive case in the state is a 60 years old male from Bhubaneswar. Contact tracing exercise has commenced, state Health & Family Welfare department tweeted Thursday night.

H & FW Dept Odisha

The latest @COVID19 positive case in the State is a 60 years old male. Contact tracing exercise has commenced.

Officials fear that the infections are likely to shoot up after the state government confirmed arrival of around 84,000 persons in Odisha from other states.

“A total of 84,000 persons have entered into Odisha in the past few weeks through several modes of transportation. Cases of COVID 19 cannot be ruled out from this large section of people as many of whom have returned from vulnerable states. Sarpanchs and local administrations have been asked to ensure that those who came to Odisha from other states remain in home isolation for 14 days,” state government’s chief spokesperson on coronavirus Subroto Bagchi said.

These apart 4,249 persons have been registered through 104 Helpline and portal disclosing their travel history to foreign countries while 34 persons are in hospital isolation.

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