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Devbrat Patnaik

Cuttack: The gloomy times of the Coronavirus pandemic seem to be coming back to haunt Odisha after a lull. The Cuttack district administration has declared Nuasahi village under Niali block as a containment zone.

As per an official order, the containment order came into effect Saturday morning at 6 AM and will remain in force till January 4, 2021.

The decision to enforce containment restrictions was taken after 15 villagers were tested positive for Covid-19 and one of them succumbed to the virus. The administration has said contact tracing will be intensified in the area.

The authorities have cautioned that no person will be allowed to step outside the containment zone during the enforcement period. Similarly, outsiders will not be allowed to enter the restricted area. Even the shops and commercial establishments have also been asked to down their shutters.

The district administration, however, has stated that it will make necessary arrangements for the supply of medicines and other essential items to the people inside the containment zone.

"Government should extend all help to villagers. If it doesn't, how will people fight the disease, and how will they survive? If people don't step out of their houses, what will they eat? If daily wage labourers are stopped from going to work, what will their families eat? Those who are infected should stay inside, why are normal people being stopped from carrying out any activities?" questioned a local.

Last month, Sarkoli village of Kuspangi panchayat of Athagarh Block was declared as containment Zone for 10 days from November 7 till November 16, after 13 new Covid positive cases were detected from that single village on November 6.

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