Jajpur, June 30 (LocalWire): Sprint queen Dutee Chand’s village, Gopalpur, was today declared a containment zone after 8 people tested COVID positive today evening.
Swab samples were sent to the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) in Bhubaneswar on June 28, and the samples were confirmed positive on June 29, at which all the people were transferred to the COVID hospital at Cuttack, where they are currently undergoing treatment.
“We have declared Gopalpur village and its nearby areas as buffer zones in order to contain the spread of the virus.
All essential commodities will be made available to the villagers,” said Ranjan Kumar Das, the collector of Jajpur.
“People who have returned from other states have been quarantined in different centres.
People who have travel history from other states must behave responsibly and heed the advice of health officials.
As per the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020, anybody who disobeys any regulation or order made under the Act is liable for imprisonment up to two years or with fine up to Rs 10,000 or with both.
We are on high alert to provide preliminary treatments to all the suspected coronavirus patients,” added the collector.
“We advised all the villagers to stay in their houses in the containment zone for the next 14 days. The health officials will collect blood and swab samples of many villagers.
We have already started health screening and sanitisation work in the villages,” said the Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) of Jajpur, Dr. Sudhanshu Sekhar Bal.
Gopalpur is known for being the village of the sprint queen Dutee Chand, who two years ago, won two medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta in the women’s 100 m and 200 m races.
Four years back, Dutee became the second Indian woman to qualify for the 100-meter event in Rio Olympics since P.T Usha had qualified for the event in 1980 Olympics.