Odisha Imposes New Guidelines Amidst Possible Covid Resurgence

With the sudden increase in Covid cases in Kerala and Maharashtra, the Odisha government has issued fresh guidelines on Sunday to avoid the probable resurgence of the disease in the state.

“Public awareness through loudspeaker announcements is to be made frequently in all marketplaces, haat, and other places. Any person found with COVID-19 symptoms must be immediately reported to the nearest health institution and necessary further action be taken as per the advice of the health authorities”, said the advisory from the Special Relief Commissioner’s office.

Presently, people are ignoring the basic safety protocols such as the mandatory wearing of masks in public, frequent hand-washing, use of hand sanitiser, maintaining a minimum one-meter physical distance, and avoiding congregations. Thus, the district administration and police would now check and ensure strict observance of the COVID-19 safety protocols.

The advisory said the responsibilities to adhere to the protocols within government and private offices including the educational institutions lie with the respective authorities. “Large congregations must be avoided and wherever permission has been granted for marriages, other social/ religious functions, sports, entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ any other gathering/ congregations, compliance of the Covid-19 safety protocols and crowd size in such gatherings would be strictly monitored. Under no circumstances, persons more than the number permitted would be entertained in all such gatherings. Senior officers of the district administration will visit different places/institutions to ascertain and ensure compliance. Persons violating the COVID-19 guidelines would be penalised”, the advisory said.

Director of Medical Education and Training, CBK Mohanty has expressed a positive outlook for Odisha and has said that things are under control in the state. However, a lockdown could be imposed if the situation deteriorates.

Fifty-eight people in the state tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. Odisha’s total count now stands at 3.36 lakh including 1,914 deceased. Currently, the state has 562 active cases, with no active cases in four districts.