Bhubaneswar, Feb 27 (PTI) The Odisha government on
Saturday said that a week-long home isolation will be
mandatory for people coming to the state by plane or train
from five high-risk states, modifying its previous order of
imposing the precautionary measures to those arriving from 12
The five high-risk states are Maharashtra, Kerala,
Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Additional Chief
Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, P K Mohapatra said.
In a partial modification to the instructions issued on
Friday to district authorities and others, Mohapatra clarified
that at present the measure may be limited to passengers
coming from five high-risk states instead of 12 states named
In its Friday”s order, the state government had made
seven-day home isolation mandatory also for the people coming
from Tamil Nadu, Telangana, West Bengal, Delhi, Chandigarh,
Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh to Odisha.
Mohapatra said that the government may later include
other states in the category of high-risk states if the
situation warrants it.
He said that the seven-day mandatory home isolation
for people coming from the five high-risk states can be
dispensed with for asymptomatic passengers who have an RT-PCR
negative report, if the test was done not more than 72 hours
before boarding, or a COVID vaccination final certificate.
Meanwhile, Odisha reported 86 new COVID-19 cases on
Saturday from 21 districts.
Sundergarh district recorded the highest of 10 new
cases followed by Khurda and Sambalpur (9 each).
The state during the day also registered recovery of
56 patients taking the total number of cured people to
The state”s coronavirus death toll remained at 1,915
as no fresh fatality has been reported since Thursday, he
said, adding that 53 more COVID-19 positive patients have also
died in the state due to comorbidities.
The state currently has 673 active cases.
Odisha has tested over 83 lakh sample tests for
COVID-19 cases so far, including 22,763 on Friday.
Meanwhile, at least 20 students of Veer Surendra Sai
University of Technology (VSSUT), a state-run institute at
Burla in Sambalpur district, were detected with coronavirus in
the last two days, an official said on Saturday.
“While some students went home after they tested
positive for COVID-19, 15 students who are asymptomatic are
under isolation and they have been accommodated in a hostel
that was lying vacant,” the official said.
One student was admitted to a hospital.
Offline practical and theory classes of the final year
students of the VSSUT resumed on January 20.
The official said that the students of the varsity
might have contracted the virus from people they came in
contact with when they went outside the campus.
Currently, around 1,500 students are staying in four
In-charge Vice-Chancellor of the VSSUT, BB Pati said,
Classes will be conducted through online mode onward.
However, the pending examination of the final year students
will be held through offline mode strictly adhering to all the
Covid-19 guidelines. PTI COR AAM
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