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'Super Spreader' Family of Three Infects 87 People with Coronavirus in Odisha Village

A medic collects swab from the mouth of a woman for COVID-19 test at a camp organised at a government school, during the nationwide lockdown. (Image: PTI)

A medic collects swab from the mouth of a woman for COVID-19 test at a camp organised at a government school, during the nationwide lockdown. (Image: PTI)

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

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 here.

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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