At 0.35%, Corona Fatality Rate in Odisha Among Lowest: Asit Tripathy

While announcing the ‘Unlock 2’ guidelines for the state, Chief Secretary AK Tripathy stressed on the fact that Odisha’s recovery rate from the coronavirus remains among the highest in the nation owing to the massive physical infrastructure put in place by the authorities. Moreover, Odisha’s COVID-19 fatality rate of 0.35 per cent is well below the national average of 2.98 per cent.

As part of the second phase of unlocking the economy, Odisha has revised its night curfew timings and made a host of other changes in its regulations. A complete shutdown will prevail across 10 districts that have high caseloads, categorized by the state government as Zone-1. These include Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, and Jharsuguda.

“Schools, colleges, coaching centres, and other educational institutions in the state will remain shut for teaching purposes until August 31. However, theatres, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars, auditoriums, and assembly halls will be closed till July 31,” said Tripathy.

Local authorities will have further say on any restrictions over and above the new provisions. “Essential activities of police, fire service, medical care, petrol pumps, chemist shops, electricity and water supply, agriculture and IT sectors will be allowed during the weekend shutdown to facilitate economic operations,” Tripathy added.