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Subrato Bagchi, Odisha Government Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19 has advised the people of the state to stay prepared for at least six months for combating the deadly virus.

Mr.Bagchi advised the people to stay away from rumours and misinformation regarding coronavirus, while addressing a Media Meet on 15 March here.
Principal Secretary Industry and MSME, Hemant Sharma, Secretary Information and Public Relations, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Special Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Shalini Pandit Secretary IT Manoj Mishra, Director Information and Public Relations, Krupasindhu Mishra and others were present.
Mr.Bagchi advised for Staying calm and spreading awareness is the need of the hour.
He said so far no coronavirus case has been confirmed in the state.
Notably, all the 22 swab and blood samples collected from coronavirus suspects till Saturday have tested negative.
As many as five more cases with suspected infection were kept under home quarantine.
All the persons belonged to Binka in Sonepur district and had travelled to Odisha from Russia, Dubai, the United States and Bengaluru.
Though they have not shown coronavirus symptoms, a medical team is constantly keeping a surveillance of these people, Official reports reaching here said.
State Police across the State, including in the Twin City, have started taking action against black marketing of masks and hand sanitizers amid COVID-19 scare.
Several teams of Twin City Police Sunday raided medicine stores in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to check hoarding and black marketing of masks and hand sanitizers.
The Police have asked the medicine store owners to refrain from such activities and warned them of legal action as both masks and hand sanitisers have been brought under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
Masks, which were selling at Rs.5 now charged Rs.25 and Sanitizers with MRP of Rs.50 are selling at Rs.200, allege many.
Though both the products have been brought under perview of EC Act, it seems medicine shop owners are trying to make quick bucks, when people are scared of COVID-19.
The Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) announced that entry to Tourist Places will be banned in the wake of the pandemic from Monday.
“Tourists will not be allowed to sites of tourism importance from tomorrow, in view of the coronavirus outbreak. The visitors will not be allowed to places like Puri, Konark, Chandrabhaga and Chilika,” a senior official said.


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