Odisha Imposes Compulsory Quarantine for People From West Bengal

With recent reports concerning the surfacing of a dangerous triple mutant of the Coronavirus, the Odisha government has imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine for persons coming into the State from West Bengal. Reports suggest West Bengal is one of the states where this triple mutant has been discovered.

“Initially, districts bordering Chhattisgarh reported a high number of COVID-19 cases. Now, we see a major threat coming from West Bengal where State elections are going on. There has been a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in the neighbouring State. Besides, a dangerous triple mutant variant of COVID-19 is also detected among COVID-19 infected patients in West Bengal”, said Suresh Mohapatra, Chief Secretary.

Anyone coming from West Bengal to Odisha, through any mode of transportation is required to undergo a mandatory institutional or paid quarantine for 14 days in temporary medical centres. However, people who produce a vaccination certificate or a negative RT-PCR test report (conducted within 48 hours of entry) would be allowed to home quarantine for 14 days.

Non-compliance with the COVID protocols and home quarantine guidelines would result in the person being quarantined in an institutional facility for 14 days. Strict action will be ensured against anyone who is violating the rules.

The districts bordering West Bengal – Balasore and Mayurbhanj, were asked to put checks on all inter-state roads with immediate effect. All major and minor entry points will be strictly monitored by the administration of these two districts.

As an extra precautionary step, the government has also decided to mobilise some local elected representatives who will help in identifying persons coming from West Bengal who were not quarantined in institutional facilities.

Air travellers coming from West Bengal to Bhubaneswar and Jharsuguda airports would also have to undergo institutional or paid quarantine for 14 days.

Travellers visiting Odisha from states other than West Bengal will need to follow guidelines issued recently by the State government.

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