Jagatsinghpur, Sept 12 (LocalWire): While initially this industry-dominated district of Odisha remained free of the coronavirus when most parts of the country were being ravaged by it, the COVID situation in Paradip and other parts of the district have now worsened.
Sources said that till the first week of May, there were no cases in the district.
However, after the detection of the first four positive cases, the number has only increased, and has reached 2882 within 4 months, out of which the highest number of cases from the district is from Paradip (547).
District authorities are putting in concerted and co-ordinated efforts to control the deteriorating situation, but to no avail.
The main reason for the rise in the number of cases is non-adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, as people, including shop owners are not following the restrictions advised by the government in order to curb the outbreak.
The initial positive cases in the district emerged from the quarantine centres, where the migrant returnees were placed.
After a month, local contact cases started surfacing, some of whom remained quarantined, and others not.
Laxity on the part of the district administration and the Sarpanches caused the rise in the number of cases, as it is believed that not all COVID positive cases were quarantined or kept in home isolation.
Nearly 100 positive cases are reported every day, making the total number od positive cases seen by the district to be 2882.
Out of this, 1957 people recovered and 6 died, taking the current number of positive cases to 819.
With the total number of positive cases in the district close to touching 3000, the fear of community transmission is looming large in Paradip and other areas.
Meanwhile, the administration continues its efforts to curb the spread by imposing fines on protocol violators.