Bhubaneswar: While the Ministry of Home Affairs released Unlock-3, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has appealed to the people to be careful while visiting crowded market places.
BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary stated that a COVID-19 positive patient, a vegetable trader at Aiginia Alu Godown (wholesale potato market), has infected as many as 41 persons.
The ‘Super Spreader’ also runs a shop at Unit-1 market and he was found Covid positive during a testing conducted by BMC officials recently.
Chaudhary said 41 COVID-19 positive cases linked to the concerned trader were subsequently detected during contact tracing.
“The Alu Godown trader has infected 41 persons including his family members, his workers and labourers. Had they worked taking precautions and used masks, sanitizers and maintained social distancing, COVID-19 positive cases could have been restricted within 2 to 5,” said Chaudhary.
Citing another case where 21 COVID-19 positive cases were detected from Unit-4 fish market in Bhubaneswar, Chaudhary stated that it cannot be ruled out that there will be no further infection.
“The unit-4 fish market was closed for 14 days and massive sanitation drive was carried out. But people need to change their behaviour as it has been observed in the past that social distancing norms were violated in fish markets,” Chaudhary added.
BMC officials have urged residents not to visit markets frequently rather buy vegetables and other essential commodities once in every four to five days. During shopping, people should adopt necessary precaution like wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing.