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BMC Alert On COVID Surge

Bhubaneswar: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary Thursday clarified that nothing no decision has yet been taken on imposing curfew like restrictions in the Bhubaneswar city in the wake of resurgence of COVID cases.

BMC Commissioner said at a press conference that cases are on rise but the civic body authorities are fully alert.

“For the time being, we are not planning any night curfew, shutdown and lockdown. Rather, we are more focusing on strict enforcement, micro containment and generating awareness to curb transmission of the virus. We have joined hands with the Commissionerate Police to tighten the enforcement,” he said.

The official further said after the State Government announced suspension of offline classes for Standard 9 and 11 students, authorities of both Government and residential educational institutions have been directed to ensure that students vacate the hostels as soon as possible.

He further reiterated that entry of general public into various Government offices has been restricted.

On the other hand, the number of beds at SUM Hospital, the only COVID Hospital currently functioning in  Bhubaneswar, has been increased to 250 from 150. Those hospitals the state Government had signed an agreement with to provide treatment to COVID patients  will be reengaged, if situation arises, said Chaudhary.

Amidst the resurgence in positive cases across the state, the capital city has been reporting over 100 single-day cases for the last two days.

The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) today sealed a private coaching institute in  Arunodaya market here for violation of COVID-19 guidelines.

A squad of the CMC conducted a raid on the coaching centre and sealed it  after finding its students flouting the COVID-19 protocol

Recently, two coaching institutes in Bhubaneswar have been sealed for violation of  the safety norms.

Meanwhile, the Commissionerate Police has tightened enforcement in the Twin City of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar and is conducting raids at various crowded places to curb spread of the virus.