Bhubaneswar: The Odisha authorities on Monday introduced a whole shutdown on weekends all by means of June in 11 of its 30 districts, the place coronavirus illness (Covid-19) constructive instances are rising, because the state posted the very best single-day spike of 156 instances and the general tally stood at 2,104.
Odisha chief secretary Asit Tripathy mentioned all providers in these 11 districts would stay shut on Saturdays and Sundays in June aside from hospitals, nursing houses, medication shops, and petrol pumps.
Of the 11 districts, the state capital Bhubaneswar, Khurda, and coastal districts of Ganjam and Kendrapara account for 75% of the two,104 Covid-19 constructive instances. Cuttack, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, and Bolangir are the opposite districts, the place the weekend shutdown shall be enforced.
Tripathy attributed the spike in Covid-19 constructive instances to the return of the stranded migrant folks to the state amid the easing of nationwide lockdown restrictions, which have been launched from March 25 to comprise the unfold of the Covid-19 outbreak.
To date, round four.26 lakh migrant staff have returned to Odisha of whom 2.49 lakh are nonetheless lodged in quarantine centres. Over 95% of the Covid-19 constructive instances have been reported amongst migrant returnees.
On Monday, of the 156 Covid-19 constructive instances, 50 have been reported from Kendrapara district, and a day earlier than one other 129 instances have been recorded, largely among the many migrants who’ve come again residence.
Odisha reported the primary 1,000 Covid-19 constructive instances in 67 days, and the following 1,100 have been recorded in solely 11 days due to the inflow of migrant staff.
The state authorities has additionally tweaked the Union Ministry of Residence Affairs’ order, issued on Saturday night, on the opening of the locations of worship, because it plans to maintain them closed until June 30.
The state authorities plan to conduct the annual Rathaytra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings in Puri with out the participation of any devotees, and the doorways of the Lord Jagannath shrine would stay closed until the primary week of July, when the chariot pageant concludes.
The federal government mentioned colleges, faculties, and training centres would stay closed until July 31. Equally, procuring malls, cinema halls, gymnasiums, and swimming swimming pools would stay closed until June 30. Nonetheless, motels can operate with 30% of their capability, whereas eating places could be open to in-house friends and likewise allowed to function their takeaway providers.
Odisha has determined to not ease the lockdown restrictions on evening curfew, which is able to proceed to be enforced between 7pm and 5am.
The federal government additionally raised the penalty for folks not carrying face masks and spitting in public locations.
“Folks, who’re discovered not carrying face masks in public locations, shall be fined Rs 500 for the primary two offences and the superb shall be elevated to Rs 1,000 for the following violation. Spitting in public locations will result in arrest,” mentioned Abhay, director-general of police (DGP), Odisha.
“We have now been observing that individuals have develop into carefree as if we’ve developed an immunity to SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19. Nonetheless, we should be extraordinarily cautious all by means of June. We’ll strictly implement the rules to forestall the unfold of the viral outbreak,” the DGP added.
To date, 1,245 Covid-19 constructive sufferers have recovered, and one other 850 are nonetheless present process therapy.
Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Niranjan Patnaik has accused each the state and the central governments of the spike in Covid-19 constructive instances and singled out the state authorities for placing extra curbs on the motion of most people, inflicting inconvenience in incomes their day by day livelihood.