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Coronavirus: Over 70,000 home quarantined in Chhattisgarh

More than 70,000 people, most of them with a travel history to either foreign countries or other affected states, are kept in home quarantine across Chhattisgarh as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Health officials said on Sunday.

Of the 70,456 people being home quarantined as on Saturday, 6242 are in Janjgir Champa district, 5987 in Rajnandgaon, 4353 in Bastar, 3827 in Kawardha, 5372 in Balodabazar, 4431 in Bilaspur, 3612 in Bijapur, 4717 in Mungeli, 4986 in Raigarh and 640 in Raipur.

A total of 10 people have so far tested positive to coronavirus and seven of them have been recovered till Sunday. The rest three remained admitted in the AIIMS and at Rajnandgaon medical college.

“Of the 1949 samples sent for screening until now in the state, 10 have tested positive while 1888 came out negative. while reports of 51 others are awaited,” an official said.

According to officials, the latest samples of the patient admitted in Rajnadagon tested negative to the virus.

State Health department Secretary Niharika Barik Singh on Saturday asked DGP DM Awasthi to ensure strict compliance with the quarantine protocol and the designated period, an official said.

To contain local transmission of cases, all those who had travelled abroad or visited other states in the last 28 days have been directed to stay in home quarantine, Singh”s letter to the DGP stated.

Directives to paste stickers outside the houses of home-quarantined people have already been issued, but it has come to the notice of Health department that these stickers were removed, it said.

The Health Secretary further asked the DGP to issue directives to all District Superintendents of Police (SPs) to ensure strict compliance with the home quarantine protocol by the quarantined persons in their respective areas, it added.

The letter said that police personnel posted in the concerned area should check on the quarantined people at least once in a day.

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