Odisha seals border with Chhattisgarh amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Odisha seals border with Chhattisgarh amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Bhubaneswar, Apr 10 (PTI) Amid the surge in COVID-19
cases in Odisha, the government on Saturday sealed its border
with Chhattisgarh and intensified patrolling along the
interstate boundary.

Districts bordering Chhattisgarh have registered a
spike in coronavirus cases over the past few days, prompting
the administration to issue an order asking people from the
neighbouring state to furnish their COVID-negative reports for
entry to the state, senior officials said.

Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra, who visited the western
districts of Kalahandi and Nuapada during the day, asked
officials to reinitialise awareness campaigns, and take strict
action against people if they fail to abide by the health
protocols, despite requests and warnings.

“Do not show any mercy to offenders of COVID-19
protocols, after holding awareness campaigns for two to three
days. Let people understand that wearing face mask is
mandatory to avoid spread of infection,” the chief secretary
said at a review meeting in Nuapada district.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has, meanwhile, ordered
the administration to double the penalty rate for not wearing
masks. People will have to cough up Rs 2,000 for the first two
violations, and fine would go up to Rs 5,000 for subsequent
transgressions.

Official sources said the COVID-19 situation in
Nuapada district, bordering Chhattisgarh, has been categorised
as “critical”, after infections there recorded a five-fold
jump over the past four days.

Mohapatra, along with senior officials, checked
treatment facilities in the two districts, and gave assurances
that steps are being taken to increase beds in ICUs and ramp
up clinical examination.

The sources also said that migrant workers, who had
returned to their place of work after the COVID situation
improved across the country, are coming back in hordes.

State labour minister Sushant Singh said arrangements
were being made for the returnees.

“Migrants are returning to Odisha from some highly-
infected states. All district administrations have been asked
to keep Temporary Medical Camps (TMCs) ready at the entry
points to meet any eventuality. A detailed guideline for
migrant workers will be issued soon, the minister stated.

Odisha on Saturday registered its highest single-day
spike in 2021 with as many as 1,374 people testing positive
for the infection, which further pushed the tally to 3,48,182,
the health department said.

Two fresh fatalities in the coastal state raised the
toll to 1,926, it added. PTI AAM
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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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