Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik warned people that complacency and irresponsible behaviour at public places may force the State to go under complete lockdown once again.
In a video address to the people of the State on Wednesday evening, CM Naveen said, "We have kept a close watch on the developing situation and in case we feel that the people are not following Covid norms properly, we will be forced to announce complete lockdown in the State again. Though it will affect a lot of people, left with no alternative, we have to impose lockdown once again."
In his address that lasted for over six minutes, the CM further urged people to help the State in the fight against the virus and strictly follow COVID norms so that both lives and livelihood can be saved.
The Unlock process is underway in Odisha. Livelihood was affected due to lockdown restrictions in Odisha but now shops and other establishments are opening as both life and livelihood is important, he said.
"I want to alert you all that Covid is not gone yet. So, we should not become complacent. Though shops are open now, we should not go out if it is not necessary and avoid gatherings. In the present situation, use of masks and maintaining social distancing is necessary. Gatherings have been witnessed at some places after the unlock. It is dangerous. With such irresponsible behaviour, we are inviting danger for us and our dear ones. Before we could even know, the infection may increase. Only by following the COVID guidelines, we can lessen the intensity of the 3rd wave,” he said.
Thanking people for their cooperation during the second wave of COVID-19, the CM said, “The situation in Odisha was far better than other states during the second wave. Due to the hard work of doctors and health workers, Odisha is in a better position now. However the fight is not yet over as COVID cases are increasing in many states,” he underlined.
The 3rd wave is getting dangerous in many countries across the globe. Indian scientists have already alerted about the possible 3rd wave in the country soon. COVID didn't spare any one from elderly to children in the Second wave. Covid vaccine is saving people from getting critical. Even after vaccination, there is a fear of getting infected and even spreading the virus. As doctors and healthcare workers are working hard for us, we need to be responsible and give respect to their sacrifice by adhering to strict Covid behaviour,” stated Naveen.