The state will also test people who have travelled domestically and are showing symptoms. “With the spread of the diseases in these areas, we deem it prudent to test for virus if they show symptoms,” the official said.
According to sources, two of the patients are over 60 years of age. While contact tracing and surveillance in the state has increased, health officials are facing difficulties in getting COVID-19 testing kits from the National Institute of Virology in Pune due to lockdown.
In Kolkata, a 30-year old woman, who is part of the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) team which tests samples for coronavirus, was told by her landlord in South Kolkata to leave the place.
The bodies of the 17 security personnel, including 5 from Special Task Force (STF) and 12 from District Reserve Group (DRG), were recovered by a back-up force sent on Sunday. A Platoon commander and an assistant platoon commander of the STF were also among the dead.
The woman had apparently traveled from London to Indore and then to Raipur on March 15. She had not been screened at the airport but had reported to AIIMS to get a routine check-up when her sample was collected, sources said.
Villagers from across the Bailadila hills trekked for more than two days to attend the event, organised by the Bandi Rihai committee and Sarwa Adiwasi Samaaj, to commemorate the day and to remember the girl, who allegedly committed suicide in December 2018.
The state government has asked NCL about the iron ore deposit number 13, for which the gram sabha was held. Deposit number 13 was handed over to Adani Enterprises in 2018 and was the first iron ore mine acquired by Adani as Mine Developer and Operator.