Covid cases in Odisha touch 163, Naveen warns strong action on violators of quarantine guidelines

Covid cases in Odisha touch 163, Naveen warns strong action on violators of quarantine guidelines

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Bhubaneswar, May 4 : Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked the Odia returnees to follow the quarantine guidelines or face strong action as covid positive cases in Odisha touched 163 with one fresh case. Official sources said a 29-year-old woman of Nala Road in Rourkela who was the neighbour of an earlier positive case has tested covid positive taking the total tally in the state to 163.

While 56 of them have been cured and discharged from the hospitals,106 active cases are still undergoing treatment at various Covid hospitals in the state . Meanwhile , in the wake of indiscipline in some of the government quarantine centres by the Odia returnees, the chief minister today asked the returnees to follow all the quarantine guidelines or face a strong action. Mr.Patnaik said any violation of the quarantine guidelines will not be tolerated and would be dealt with strong action.

He asked the sarpanch in charge of the quarantine centre to inform the district administration on any kinds of indiscipline shown by the returnees. The chief minister said those returning to Odisha from other states are all our people and any negligence on their part will create problems for others in the state. He said the state government had taken all measures for the safe return of the stranded Odia people in other states and decided to put them in quarantine for 14 days for their well being and also safety of their family members,the society and the people of the state .

The chief minister’s warning came in the wake of disturbances reported in some of the quarantine centres where the migrant workers have created hue and cry over serving of foods and other arrangements. In two quarantine centres in Ganjam district few returnees also fled from the centres expressing their anguish over the quality of food being served to them. Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy also yesterday warned stern action against Odia people returning to the state for violating the quarantine guidelines.

The Chief Secretary said the gain achieved by the state in controlling the COVID management during the last two months would not be allowed to be compromised due to indiscipline behaviour of few people. Mr Tripathy said people violating the quarantine norms would be arrested and they would be sent to places far off their native place. He also stated that the incentives announced by the government to be given on the completion of 14 days quarantine would not be given to the violators and the period of quarantine would be increased.

The Chief Secretary asked the Sarpanchs of all the GramPanchayats to see that the quarantine protocols are observed and contact the District Collectors and other senior officers in case of any problem. The government, he said has also developed infrastructure at the Panchayat level to accommodate the returnees. Meanwhile, the state government had declared Bhubaneswar as Red Zone along with Bhadrak, Jajpur and Balasore districts. At least 11 districts have been declared as Orange Zone and 16 districts as Green Zone. (UNI)