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Odisha govt puts fourth Nizamuddin Markaz returnee under isolation

PTI     April 1, 2020

Another returnee from Markaz congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin has been identifed by the Odisha government and put under isolation, the fourth from the state coming back from the coronavirus hotspot, official sources said on Wednesday.

The man was picked up from his house on Tuesday night and put in hospital isolation as he comes under high risk category for COVID-19 while his family members have been kept under home quarantine, said Kendrapara District Collector Samarth Verma.

We will send his blood sample for COVID-19 test. If there is any positive signal, those who came in contact with him will be traced, " Verma said, adding the police is on the job to ascertain whether any other person from the district had joined the Tablighi Jammat function in Nizamuddin.

With the detection and isolation of Kendrapara man, the state has so far quarantined four Nizamuddin returnees as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The state government on Tuesday had said that three persons who attended the gathering in the national capital have been quarantined.

The state governments COVID-19 Chief Spokesman Subroto Bagchi said the administration is also trying to identify others who attended the programme early March.

The state government will send the blood sample of all the Nizamuddin returnees for COVID-19 test, an official said.

At least six people from Telangana and one from Jammu and Kashmir, who attended the religious congregation in Delhi,have died due to coronavirus. Besides, over 20 others who had been to the religious meet have tested positive.

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