Bhubaneswar, June 26 (LocalWire): Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Choudhary today said that returnees from five hotspot districts of Odisha would not be allowed to opt for home quarantine in the slum areas of the city.
The Commissioner was speaking to the media on the new development.
He said that a number of people coming from hotspot districts have tested positive in the city in the last few days.
BMC has identified the five hotspot districts as-Ganjam, Balasore, Cuttack, Jajpur and Gajapati.
A notification from BMC said, “Such returnees if asymptomatic can affect many others as social distancing is practically not possible in slum areas because of small houses and high population density,”
“Therefore in larger public interest, the returnees from following Districts to slum areas of BMC will be kept in institutional quarantine for the specified period of 14 days from the date of return from other districts,” it added.
The BMC said that the information of such returnees will be captured by the active slum surveillance teams on a daily basis.
The zonal deputy commissioners of BMC shall obtain this from the slum surveillance team and take steps to shift them to the institutional quarantine centres.