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Vikash Sharma

Amid the growing scare following the detection of new Covid-19 variant ‘Omicron’ in several countries, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday directed officials to remain alert and ensure strict enforcement of Covid protocols across the State.

After reviewing the Covid-19 situation, Patnaik said that the already the World Health Organisation has warned that new variant poses ‘very high’ global risk and may lead to surge with severe consequences. Many countries in Europe have been experiencing increasing infections in the recent weeks.

Highlighting that Odisha was able to control the first and second waves of Covid-19 successfully despite the challenging situations, Patnaik said it was due to its cautious approach towards the pandemic since outbreak.

“We are now battle hardened and I am sure we will be able to successfully tackle this resurgence as well. We have to reactivate all our protocols and keep the Covid facilities and personnel on high alert,” said Patnaik.

While appreciating the Odisha Police for doing a good work since the first wave, Patnaik urged the DGP to enforce the Covid safety protocols strictly. The Chief Minister also directed the I&PR department to start a new awareness campaign to sensitise citizens to follow norms of face mask, hand hygiene and social distancing.

“Collectors should involve all sections of the society including the PRI Members, Mission Shakti groups, etc. and ensure awareness and enforcement. This new wave of Covid virus spread seems to be more infectious and therefore, make sure everyone takes it seriously,” a release from CMO read.

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