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CS Lauds Community


“Community and PRI participation in Covid-19 Management is the greatest achievement of Odisha” said Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, while briefing the press from Geet Govind Bhawan today afternoon.

Mr.Tripathy said, “Odisha has been able to keep covid-19 well under control because of the strong community motivation and participation under the charismatic leadership of our Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik”. He added, community is aware and alert and Odisha will win over this fight soon”.

Further, Mr.Tripathy urged the people of both the rural and urban community to make ‘social distancing’ and ‘mask wearing’ an integral part of the social habit for coming days. These two habits along with sanitary practices would save people not only from corona but also from many other diseases.

Speaking about Odisha’s situation in fight against corona, Mr.Tripathy said, “The State has created Temporary Medical Center and quarantine facilities with around 6.50 lakh beds. Till now around 1,76, 231 migrant Odias have come to Odisha; and, they have been provided all basic facilities in around 15,000 quarantine centers in different districts of Odisha”. As per the available data, a total number of 876 positive cases have been found out of which 754 are migrant Odias and 122 are from local population. Odisha is in a better situation in comparison to all India indicators. Sri Tripathy expressed the hope that by tonight the State would complete one lakh of Covid-test.

The test rate per million population in Odisha is 2082 against all India rate of 1706 as of today. One positive case is found out of 109.32 tests in Odisha against the all India rate of one case in 23.93 tests. Out of total 876 positive cases, 277 persons have recovered and have been discharged from hospital even qualifying stricter parameters added by the State. Presently, the total active case is 595. The case-fatality ratio in Odisha is 0.46% against the national average of 3.15%. “All these parameters”, added Mr. Tripathy, “have kept Odisha at a better footing in corona fight”.

Outlining implementation of lockdown 4.0, Chief Secretary said that Gram Panchayat would be the administrative unit for lockdown 4.0. The decision regarding red, green, orange and buffer zones would be decided by Collectors and Municipal Commissioners in consultation with Health & family Welfare department as per the guidelines set by Ministry of Health & Family welfare, Government of India. The zoning of panchyats/ cluster of panchyats into categories would be done by respective local authorities basing on the defined parameters. In containment zones there would be intensive contact tracing, house to house surveillance and other clinical interventions. Only supply of bare essential goods and medical services would be allowed in containment zones. All other movements would be banned. Containment zone restriction would also be applied in covid care and covid health facility areas.

The persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below 10 years of age have been advised to stay home except for health purposes. All schools, colleges, training and coaching centers will remain closed. Online and distance learning initiatives will be promoted. In general the hotels, restaurants will remain closed. However, the canteen meant for health personnel, police, Government offices, stranded persons, railway station, quarantine center, bus depot can run. The restaurants can operate their kitchens for home delivery. Stadiums will open for sports persons but the visitors will not be allowed. All types of social, political, sports, entertainment, religious educational ceremonies or gatherings will not be allowed. All religious places and places of worship will remain closed for the people. However, the rituals will be carried on by the priests and sevakas.

The agricultural, industrial and economic activities will restart by complying with covid-19 restrictions. Intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses will be resumed. The department of Commerce & Transport will bring out the guidelines soon. Inter-state movement of passenger vehicles with be restarted with mutual consent of the concerned States and Union Territories. The movement of stranded persons would be done as per decided SOP. Inter-State movement of all types of goods, cargo would be allowed.

Night curfew will be strictly implemented from 7 PM to 7 AM. Chief Secretary urged the people to comply with the restrictions in interest of the public health. He warned that any person violating the norms would be liable for action as per the section 51-60 of The Disaster Management Act-2005 and Section-188 of IPC.
 


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