To go for additional unlock or not? That’s the dilemma earlier than the Odisha authorities. Beginning June 17, it eased curbs and introduced in a partial unlock because the check positivity price (TPR) fell beneath 5% throughout 17 districts of the state. Most of those districts have been reporting a drop within the day by day caseload, however the identical can’t be mentioned for the remaining. A few of the extra populous coastal districts are nonetheless within the purple zone, the place lockdown restrictions exist until July 1. The state authorities hoped the TPR would drop beneath 5% in order that the unlock might be deliberate subsequent month, however the analytics usually are not encouraging to say the least. The Ministry of Well being’s districtwise positivity price evaluation for June 21-27 reveals that Khurda, Bhadrak, Balasore, Nuapada and Dhenkanal districts proceed to report a positivity within the vary of 10 to 17%. One other 11 districts, a majority of that are in coastal pockets, report their TPR within the 5-10% vary. Actually, Odisha is among the many 10 states within the nation the place the seven-day common TPR is above 5%. That’s one thing worrying for the Naveen Patnaik authorities, which is caught between the ‘have to unlock’ and ‘can not danger it so quickly’ quandary. Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, dwelling to key authorities institutions and enterprise centres, simply can not appear to carry the scenario underneath management regardless of the restrictions in place.
With core financial actions impacted, it isn’t a pleasing scenario to be in. Two weeks in the past, the state authorities introduced a Rs 29 crore fi nancial help package deal for avenue distributors throughout 114 city native our bodies. However that’s not going to be sufficient as a result of companies have been hard-hit throughout the board. For these within the center and decrease rung, the issues are existential in nature. Consider the hundreds of motels, eating places and different retailers that can’t open however homeowners should foot electrical energy and water payments on a month-to-month foundation. Then there are grave problems with employment too.
The Odisha authorities has to revisit its methods now. It wants to supply succour however on the similar time guarantee a hasty unlock doesn’t compound the issues of Covid transmission for the reason that third wave shouldn’t be very far. Well being and livelihood should fi nd a fi ne steadiness and never stay unique of one another in CM Naveen Patnaik’s plans.