Bhubaneswar: In a major crackdown on violators of COVID-19 lockdown guidelines, the Odisha police arrested 152 people in a span of 24 hours till Thursday morning, a senior officer said.
"A total of 144 cases have been registered during the period for violation of safety norms imposed to tackle the COVID-19 crisis in the state. As many as 152 people have been arrested from Wednesday to Thursday morning for violating restrictions while 134 cases filed for defying lockdown order, six cases for disobeying advise for home quarantine and 4 others for violating different norms," the senior police officer said.
In addition, 76 cases have been registered in connection with the rumour-mongering. A total of 332 people were fined by the Bhubaneswar- Cuttack Commissionerate Police for not using masks in the public places.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police Abhay on Thursday held a meeting with all the superintendents of police and other senior officers through a video conference. The issues, pertaining to the lockdown and activities to be exempted from the existing restrictions from April 20, were discussed, the senior official said.
On Thursday, the Odisha government issued a set of instructions to be scrupulously adhered in matters related to areas declared as containment zones across the State.
Chief Secretary of Odisha, Asit Tripathy in a letter to the DGP and all Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries/ Commissioner-cum-Secretaries, Collectors/ Commissioner of Police, Municipal Commissioners, Executive Officers of Municipalities/ NACs has stated that Containment Zones will be established to contain the disease and establishment of these zones will be based on technical considerations.
The establishment of containment zones is to isolate possible contacts/infections in the area, the Chief Secretary has stated in the letter.
The containment zones should be barricaded from all sides prohibiting entry and exit of people and a vulnerability mapping will be done for households with single women, aged persons with no support, pregnant women, seriously ill persons and persons with disabilities and have focused attention planed for them, Chief Secretary Tripathy ordered.
(With inputs from PTI)