Authorities in Odisha’s southern district of Malkangiri clamped evening curfew on Monday between March 23 and 31 to cease the unfold of Covid-19 in view of a collection of upcoming festivals.
It’s for the primary time in three months that evening curfew has been reimposed within the district.
Although Malkangiri has no energetic Covid-19 circumstances presently and didn’t report any new constructive circumstances on Monday, district collector Yeddula Vijay imposed the evening curfew in view of the Bada Yatra, Dola Jatra and Holi festivities in numerous components of the district. The order issued by the district administration mentioned nobody can enterprise out of their houses between 9 pm and 6 am for the subsequent 9 days aside from important actions.
The evening curfew order got here on a day Odisha reported 146 new Covid-19 circumstances, its single-day highest within the final two months with Bhubaneswar’s premier B-school Xavier Institute of Administration reporting 45 circumstances.
“The institute has been sealed and shut watch is being maintained. All of the 45 constructive circumstances are asymptomatic and all of them had travelled to Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu lately,” mentioned particular aid commissioner (SRC) Pradip Jena.
Jena, who reviewed the preparedness of the state authorities to sort out rising infections, on Monday requested all district collectors and superintendents of police to strictly implement Covid-19 pointers in marketplaces, malls and different industrial institutions throughout the state.
The SRC mentioned already restrictions have been clamped within the state for Holi and Dola Purnima this weekend. “We don’t need to unnecessarily clamp restrictions but when the state of affairs wants, we are going to take an acceptable name,” mentioned Jena hinting at a chance of a lockdown as soon as once more.
The SRC mentioned panchayati raj establishment (PRI) members like sarpanch, ward members and panchayat samiti members in addition to anganwadi employees can be deployed within the struggle towards Covid resurgence. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik is anticipated to overview the state of affairs on Tuesday.
The detection of the big variety of circumstances from XIMB prompted the Bhubaneswar Municipal Company officers to limit the participation of individuals in Dola Purnima. In an order, the BMC mentioned a most of 6 individuals can be allowed to participate in Dolajatra. All six should put on masks.
In Ganjam district, which had turn out to be a Covid hotspot in July-August final 12 months, the administration made RT-PCR check report obligatory for individuals visiting the district from locations like Surat.
Ganjam district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange mentioned entry into the district can be allowed solely to individuals with health-related points. These with out RT-PCR studies should endure obligatory house quarantine for seven days.
“As festivals like Danda Nacha and Yatras are approaching, residents of Ganjam district who’re settled exterior Odisha for jobs or enterprise will return to their houses. Due to this fact, I request the involved organisers to not invite them for the festivals. I additionally urge the non-resident Odias to not go to the district solely to take part in these festivals,” appealed Kulange, warning that if the district administration obtained studies of devotees coming to the district from exterior stations for Danda Yatra, the celebrations can be cancelled.
He mentioned that lockdown and shutdown conditions could return to the district if security precautions should not adopted by residents.