UMERKOTE/MALKANGIRI: The evening curfew imposed in 10 districts in view of the rise of Covid-19 instances could have come somewhat late within the day for Nabarangpur district which shares its border with Chhattisgarh, one of many worst-hit states of the nation.
This isn’t the primary time evening curfew has been imposed within the district this yr. The administration had imposed 8 pm-to-6 am curfew from March 25 to twenty-eight within the district.
Nevertheless, the restrictions have been lifted a day earlier than Dola Purnima and Holi when folks violated norms and gathered in massive numbers to have fun the festivals.
In contrast to the earlier curfew, the one imposed on Saturday is between 10 pm and 5 am. Locals stated the curfew time have to be superior to eight pm to forestall gatherings at markets and public locations lest the restriction needs to be rendered meaningless.
In blocks like Chandahandi, Raighar and Kosagumunda, situated near Chhattisgarh, the beginning of marriage ceremony season has emerged as a explanation for concern.
This aside, unrestricted motion of individuals from the neighbouring state to the district too has raised hackles.
As many as eight instances have been reported from the district on the day. The variety of energetic instances within the district now stands at 36.
In the meantime, Collector Ajit Kumar Mishra stated stringent implementation of Covid pointers will probably be ensured and violators prosecuted.
He stated checkpoints will probably be put in within the border areas of the district to maintain a watch on folks getting into from Chhattisgarh.
In Malkangiri, one other bordering and delicate district, the administration is on excessive alert after imposition of the curfew. A 24X7 conflict room has been made operational within the district and DRDA undertaking director Balmukund Bhuyan appointed the nodal officer to supervise preparations.
The district administration has urged locals to share info on folks arriving from hotspot states like Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh.
Two optimistic instances from Kaldapalli gram panchayat in Podia block and Kalimela have been reported on the day. The contaminated individuals don’t have any journey historical past and have been referred for checks by flu and fever clinics.