The sudden surge in positive cases raises concerns for government administration, as Covid 19 cases can increase significantly as more migrants enter the state.

Migrants undergo a thermal examination upon arrival from Kerala to Odisha. (Photo: PTI)

Odisha reported the highest increase in COVID-19 cases on a day when 20 more people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, the Odisha health agency said.

The sudden increase in Covid 19 positive cases is related to migrant workers returning to the state. They are mainly textile manufacturers and plumbers from Surat in Gujarat. Gujarat is the second worst affected state in terms of Covid 19 cases and deaths. The sudden surge in positive cases raises concerns for government administration, as Covid 19 cases can increase significantly as more migrants enter the state.

Of the 20 new cases, 17 come from Ganjam and 3 from Mayurbhanj. All 20 men who tested positive were identified as Surat returnees.

With the new addition, the state number of coronavirus-positive cases reached 206. Odisha has a total of 143 active cases, while 61 recovered after a positive test. The state has recorded two deaths so far. “The Ganjam district is now in the red zone due to the very high doubling rate,” says a statement from the State Health and Family Office.

Mayurbhanj and Jagatsinghpur were classified as an orange zone with four Covid-19 cases in each district.