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Corona Hits 15 Districts


There seems to be no respite from the COVID-19 in near future. At least seven new cases were detected on Friday taking the state’s total positive corona cases to 149.

What has come as a cause of concern is that the highly infectious disease has now spread to 15 of the state 30 districts of the state.

The districts which have so far been affected were Khurda (47), Jajpur (40), Balaosre (20), Bhadrak (19), Sundergarh (10), Bolangir, Kendrapara and Kalahandi (2 each), and one each in Cuttack, Puri, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Koraput, Deogarh and Jhsrsuguda.

Though West Bengal returnees have so far spread the disease in Odisha, today two persons from Bolangir having returned from Tamil Nadu Friday tested positive.

The virus has also spread to different regions. While in was mostly confined to east and coastal Odisha, now the COVID-19 has been detected in Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh and Kalahandi in west and Koraput in South.

The buses will be allowed entry into Odisha in 11 different points in 11 points at 
Birmitrapur (Sundargarh), Champua (Keonjhar), Chandili (Koraput), Girisola (Ganjam), Jamsola (Mayurbhanj), Kerada (Rayagada), Khariar Road (Nuapada), Laxmannath (Balasore),  Luhurachati (Bargarh), Motu (Malkangiri) and Sunki (Koraput).

State Government has prepared a guideline to ensure smooth return of Odias people stranded in other states due to lack-down.

Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy said who wanted to retrun to Odisha need to register their names in the government portal and can come back by buses and trains with due permission.

Meanwhile, the state government also issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for sending persons stranded in Odisha to their home states by road or rail.

ACS Disaster Management and SRC Pradeep K Jena in a letter to collectors/municipal commissioners said that the Odisha government has put in place a robust monitoring system and designated nodal officers for various states for necessary co-ordination.

Prior approval of recipient state is a must before departure of any train/bus from any district/municipal corporation in Odisha

For road journey by means of bus/ vans, the transit pass will be provided by the authorities here. The counterpart collectors/commissioners of municipal corporation/state coordinator in the recipient state should be informed with the details of passengers, destination (district & block) and their mobile numbers.
One of passengers, having a smart phone, may be designated as the group coordinator, whose mobile number may be passed on to the recipient collector/municipal commissioner/coordinator.
The destination station/border check point the recipient state for each train/ bus/ van will be decided by recipient state government
The returnees should be grouped block-wise/district-wise, while boarding the buses/ vans/ trains, as far as possible, for easier logistics.
 As per MHA guidelines, the passengers have to screened for health status and only after proper assessment they should be cleared for travel
No person should be allowed to travel without appropriate authorization.
 


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