Bhubaneswar: To contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Odisha, the state government on Thursday began random tests in 22 districts, which have not been affected by the virus.
Talking to mediapersons here, Director, Public Health, Ajit Kumar Mohanty said one person in every 10,000 population in each district will be tested. The objective is to trace corona patients in these districts.
On safety of the doctors and the health staff engaged in the treatment of corona patients, he said that the staff members are being kept under observation in institutional quarantine for 15 days after they complete their 15-day duty period.
“In case of symptoms, their samples are sent for tests. They are sent back home only after the results are found to be negative,” Mohanty added.