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'Super Spreader' Family Of Three Infects 87 People In Odisha

During their home-quarantine, the family members allegedly did not adhere to prescribed norms and came in contact with several people in the village.

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'Super Spreader' Family Of Three Infects 87 People In Odisha
Migrants undergo thermal screening after arriving from Kerala’s Ernakulam Railway Station by a special train at Jagannathpur Railway Station, Odisha.
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'Super Spreader' Family Of Three Infects 87 People In Odisha
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2020-07-04T10:03:17+05:30

A family of three is being termed a COVID-19 "super spreader" in Odisha’s Rayagada district as it is being said to be the source of infection to 87 people in a village, a senior official said Friday.

The family -- a man, his wife and their daughter – had returned to their village, called Bijaypur, from Andhra Pradesh a fortnight ago, Odisha government’s COVID-19 spokesperson Subroto Bagchi said.

They went to the village after remaining in institutional-quarantine, and were advised home-quarantine, he said.

During their home-quarantine, the family members allegedly did not adhere to prescribed norms and came in contact with several people in the village, Bagchi said, pointing out that even a single coronavirus positive person, though asymptomatic, can transmit the disease to many others.

The three family members were first detected to be COVID-19 positive, and during contact-tracing, 13 villagers also tested positive for the deadly virus, Rayagada district collector Pramod Kumar Behera said.

Other 74 villagers tested positive since Thursday. With this, a total of 90 people -- including the three member of the family -- of Bijaypur have tested positive, he said.

The tribal-dominated district has so far detected 115 cases of which 22 patients have recovered. At present, there are 93 cases who are admitted at the COVID-19 hospital in JK Pur and another dedicated facility in Gunupur.

Bijaypur is a village from where the highest number of 90 COVID-19 cases has been detected so far in the state. 

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