Odisha Imposes Travel Restrictions As COVID-19 Infection Surges

As the country battles the fresh wave of the COVID-19 virus, Odisha has come up with stricter guidelines to control the spread of infection. The Special Relief Commissioner, Odisha has issued a set of guidelines for people visiting the state through public or private transport.

In the wake of the rising Covid cases, people coming from other states need to produce results of RT-PCR tests conducted within 72 hours. Failing to do so, they will have to undergo mandatory seven days quarantine. This rule will be applicable from April 12 onwards. Those who have already been vaccinated will have to produce the certificate.

All public transport to and from Chhattisgarh has been suspended till April 30 as the neighbouring state has been reporting a high number of cases in the last few days. Odisha Chief Secretary has also written a letter to the Railway board requesting the cancellation of all passenger trains with effect from April 10.

The Collectors of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nawrangpur, Koraput, Ganjam, Malkangiri, Gajapati, Rayagada, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Balasore have been asked to set up temporary medical centres and cluster temporary medical centres to tackle higher infection rate.

On April 8, Odisha recorded 1282 Covid infections. With 224 cases, infection in Sundargarh was highest in the state.

Meanwhile, both Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Health Minister Naba Das have requested the Centre to provide adequate vaccine supply for at least the next 10 days.

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