Sanjeev Kumar Patro

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  • But true to the character of dynamic time - that never remains constant, the State gradually picked up its mojo later.

Everything fell hither-thither when Delta took over the charge in Odisha. The Odisha Health Department had no clues then about the explosive epidemiology of the new mutant. What followed is a May-Hem - as the second wave peaked on May 23. Hospitalisation and mortalities lingered on for a month after the peak.       

True to the saying problems come in hordes, Odisha had a bitter experience when during the 3-critical months of April -June, the State was hit by triple whammy - Heatwave, Second wave and Cyclone Yaas.

This triple attack derailed the State. Lockdown and weekend shutdown ruled Odisha during the period.

But true to the character of dynamic time - that never remains constant, the State gradually picked up its mojo later.

April 1 2021: For the second time in Odisha Capital Bhubaneswar become the hottest city in the country. Day time temperature crossed 44 deg C

April 3: Odisha Assembly witnessed a new low when BJP MLAs protesting over the passing of the Odisha Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, threw shoes, earphones and papers at Speaker's podium.

The MLAs Jayanarayan Mishra, Bishnu Sethi and Mohan Majhi were later suspended by the Speaker.

April 5: Daily caseload in the State inched towards 500-mark. Odisha government imposed night curfew in the whole of western districts.

April 6: In a first, Shree Jagannath Temple declared a weekend shutdown. Darshan not allowed on Sunday for the reason of sanitisation of temple premises.

IMD monthly Outlook released. Baripada in Odisha was designated as the hottest place in the country in March this year, the month proved to be the fourth warmest in the climate history for Odisha

April 8: Odisha made RTPCR mandatory for people coming from other states.

Despite a vehement protest by Odisha, Andhra Pradesh held Mandal and Zilla Parishad elections in disputed village Kotia. People voted despite the clampdown of section 144 by the district administration there.

April 9: The daily caseload of Covid-19 crossed the 1k mark in Odisha. CM Naveen Patnaik made a video address and said 'double fine' for individuals not wearing masks. Implored State citizens to battle the second by following covid appropriate behaviour sand lockdown.

April 10: Odisha government took a decision to seal the Chhatisgarh border. Covid situation was grim in western Odisha.

Emar Mutt, Puri back in news as Silver bricks discovered from underground in the Mutt.

Congress Candidate in Pipili Asit Mangaraj was declared Covid-19 positive.

April 11:  Dreaded gangster Hyder made a dramatic escape from police custody. 

April 13: Russian made vaccine Sputnik-V approved for EUA India by DGCI.

April 14: INC candidate for Pipili Asit Mangaraj succumbs to Covid-19. By poll cancelled in Pipili.

CBSE postponed annual class X and XII exams in view of the raging second wave in the country.

Covid-19 daily caseload crossed 2000-mark in Odisha. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan criticised Odisha Health Secretary for his letter to Union Health Secretary on vaccine shortfall and discrimination in distribution.

April 15: Odisha govt declared shut down in the urban areas of all districts in Western Odisha. Sundargarh topped the daily caseload in the State. Nigh curfew clamped in coastal districts.

Inter-state bus movement suspended in the State. Theatre and Cinema halls allowed to function with only 50 percent capacity.

The Odisha government put on hold the class-X and XII exams in the State. Closure of schools announced. Every student promoted to next grade till class 9th.

April 16: The daily caseload in Odisha crossed 3000-mark. National monuments like Konark Sun Temple closed for tourists.

April 17: Election Commission announced new dates for Pipili by poll. No darshan allowed in Puri Shree Jagannath Temple from eight hours in evening.

CM Naveen Patnaik wrote letter to PM Modi demanding sale of vaccines in open market. Opposition criticised terming it as politicking.

As per the book 'An Epic Life Ramanand Sagar: Barsaat To Ramayana by son Prem Sagar disclosed that legendary leader Biju Patnaik had airlifted the popular film producer in his Dakota from J&K during Indo-Pak war in 1947.

April 18: Odisha police arrested dreaded gangster Hyder from Telangana. The gangster gave a slip to police while was in SCB for routine treatment.

Covid-19 hospitalisation cases outnumbered the strength of hospital beds in the State. Odisha Health department directed all district hospitals to increase bed capacity by 4-5-times.

National Testing Agency postponed JEE April season owing to second wave in the country.

April 19, 2020: Centre announced vaccination of all citizens in the country in the age group of  18 years and above. A new vaccine procurement policy put in place. Vaccine manufacturers can provide 50 percent of its production to states and in open market.

Odisha declared weekend shutdown in all urban areas in the State. Declared closure of all Anganwadi centres in the State. Home delivery of ration for beneficiaries announced.

The daily caseload in Odisha crossed the first wave peak. Daily cases touched 4,445.

Bhubaneswar-born and Toronto based artist and graphic designer Azkia Aarif launched an Instagram campaign to popularise Odia alphabets and numbers.

April 20:  Studies confirmed effectiveness of desi vaccine Covaxin against the Brazil, UK and Double mutant of the Covid-19 virus. SII announced price of Covishield at Rs 400 (for public procurement) and Rs 600 (for private) per dose.

Amid oxygen scarcity to treat Covid positives, leakage-led scarcity of oxygen in Maharashtra killed 22 Covid-19 positives in the state.

Bowing to the demands, Odisha government cancelled 2021 matric exams.

April 21: PM Modi held a discussion with CM Naveen Patnaik on Covic-19 situation in Odisha. The State government passed an order directing all private hospitals to reserve 50 percent beds for Covid positives.

April 22:  In order to insulate State from the triple mutant Bengal strain, Odisha govt ordered increase in surveillance of people coming from the neighbouring state.

April 23: DGCI gave nod to Zydus Cadila's Virafin for emergency use authorisation. Odisha dispatched 200 MT of oxygen to different parts of the country.

April 24: In view of the sharp rise in daily caseload, Odisha government banned public darshan in Puri Shree Jagannath Temple till May 15.

On National Panchayati Raj Day, PM Modi launched e-Sampati cards across the country. Under the scheme SVAMITA Yojana, 4 lakh beneficiaries registered.

Justive N V Ramana took oath of the office as the 48th Cheif Justice of India. President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath. CJI office tenure will end in August 2022.

April 25: In pursuance with the new vaccine police announced by Centre, CM Patnaik announced free vaccination for over 2 crore citizens above 18 years and above in the State.

In order to meet the hig-order of oxygen scarcity, Centre allowed only medical use of oxygen, disallowed its industrial use.

PM CARE Fund allocated Rs 201.58cr for setting up 162 dedicated PSA medical oxygen generation plants in public health facilities, including 7 in Odisha.

The State Task Force to curb wildlife smuggling reported of a rise in illegal wildlife trade in Odisha. During the last one-year, had seized 13 tiger/leopard skin and 9 elephant ivories.

April 26: Plus 2 students in Odisha held a demonstration in State Capital demanding cancellation of the annual board exam.

Niti Ayog member Dr VK Paul suggested indoor masking for all citizens in the country, which meant wearing mask inside house.

April 27: Reports of shortage of Remdesevir in Odisha surfaced. Covid testing process hit due to paucity of manpower and machines in the State. The State government deputed 12 OAS officers for coordination in worst hit western Odisha.

April 28: Registration in CoWin began for 18-44 year age group in country. More than 35 lakh registration in the first one hour on day 1. SII slashed price of Covishield by Rs 100.

DRDO conducted maiden trial of Python-5, a fifth-generation air-to-air missile (AAM) manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The missile was test fired from LCA Tejas in Goa.

As the daily caseload in the State crossed the 8000-mark, the Odisha Health Department likened the high transmission in Bhubaneswar - Cuttack to a community transmission condition.

Last rites of Famous Odisha Litterateur Manoj Das held in Puducherry.

April 29:  Covid-19 fatalities during the second wave in Odisha crossed the 100-mark. DGP disclosed collection of Rs 5 cr fine in last 30 days for violation of weekend shutdown and night curfew in Odisha.

Bharat Biotech reduced the price of Covaxin to be delivered to states to Rs 400/dose.

May 1, 2021: The daily caseload in Odisha breached the psychological 10,000 barrier. National daily caseload crossed the 4 lakh mark.

May 2: Twenty-four hours after the daily caseload in the State breached the 10k mark, Odisha government had announced lockdown in the whole of the State from May 5. Bus services completely stopped.

Odisha government declared working journalists as Covid-19 frontline workers.

May 4: Country's Covid1-9 hotspot Maharashtra, including Mumbai, recorded drop in daily caseload and signalled the beginning of post peak phase.

SRC directed to put up check posts along the border areas to Andhra Pradesh. This extraordinary decision was taken to give a checkmate to spread of N440K variant in Odisha. Announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for people coming from these two states.

May 5:   The daily caseload in State Capital crossed 1k mark. The border of 6 districts close to Andhra Pradesh sealed. Odisha government directed all district administrations to open temporary medical centres (TMCs) in every block.

May 6: Eminent sculptor and Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra condition critical. Hospitalised after tested Covid-19 positive.

May 7:  Odisha Board of Secondary Education announced alternated evaluation system for Matric exams.

The daily caseload in Odisha crossed 12000 mark, even as the daily caseload in the country exhibited a decline.

May 8: Supreme Court constituted Covid Task Force to manage the pandemic exigencies in the country, including oxygen supply.

Daily caseload in Cuttack district crossed 1000-mark. State recorded highest ever daily death due to Covid since 2020. As per govt data, 25 succumbed to the pandemic virus in 24 hours.

May 9: Padma Vibhushan Ragunath Mohapatra died of Covid-19 complication while under treatment at AIIMS Bhubaneswar.

Union Health Ministry report listed 19 districts from Odisha that had a positivity rate of over 20 percent in the country.

May 10: Black Fungus or Mucormycosis gripped Covid recovered patients in the country. Odisha on alert mode.

BMC launched drive-in vaccine drive for administering 2nd dose to citizens in the age group of 45 years and above.

Covid transmission turned brisk in jails across Odisha.

May 11: WHO termed the Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2 that triggered a devastating second wave in India as highly transmissible and lethal.

DRDO decided to set up 7 oxygen plants in Odisha.

May 12: ICMR advised 48-56 days lockdown for in states/places having over 10 percent positivity rate in the country. Majority of Odisha districts figured in 718 districts in  the country.

May 13: Active cases in Odisha crossed the 1-lakh mark and constituted nearly 0.2 percent of the population in the State.

May 14: Daily caseload touched 12,390. Odisha scenario remained severe, when Delhi recorded a decline after 45 long days.

Vaccination at doorstep for senior citizens launched in Bramhapur. In order to vaccinate and test, BMC launched drop-in facility for senior citizens and people with disabilities in the Capital city.

May 15: Delta variant took primitive tribe groups in Malkangir i and Niyamgiri in grip. As many as 20 tested positive in May first week.

May 16: Odisha government decided to conduct 3-month survey across the State to detect Covid-19 symptoms and the following complications in individuals.

May 18: All lead weather agencies, including IMD, predicts a cyclone hitting Odisha next week (May 23-26).

May 19: OHRC sought report from Odisha government on complaints of black marketing of Covid medicines and shortage in oxygen cyclinders. Lockdown extended in State till June 1.

May 21: The daily caseload in Odisha made a new record with 12523 positives in a day.

May 26: Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Yaas made landfall to the south of Balasore. Bhadrak and Balasore worst hit.

Highest ever Covid fatality in Odisha. The State recorded 35 deaths in 24 hours.

May 28: PM Modi too an aerial view of Cyclone Yaas hit districts in Odisha. Announced immediate release of Rs 500 crore assistance.

May 29: Supreme Court directed the Union Government to provide assistance to children who lost their parents to Covid.

May 30: Black fungus cases grew rapidly after the detection of first case on May 25.

June 1:  Odisha figured among the top-5 states in the country where the deaths sans co-morbidities were above 70 percent.

CBSE cancelled 12th board exam. A decision to this effect was announced by PM Modi.

June 2: IMD made a forecast of Monsoon onset in Odisha by June 11-12.

Odisha CM wrote letter to many CMs and batted for allowing the Centre to procure vaccines from manufacturers and distribute it to the states. The CM took this initiative after Odisha's global tender received a poor response from manufacturers.

Odisha Govt estimated the loss due to Cyclone Yaas at Rs 610 cr.

Former Minister and veteran BJD leader Bijayshree Routray succumbed to post-covid complications.

June 4: Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy's (CMIE) report revealed unemployment in the State in month of May rose to 7 percent from 2 percent in April.  

June 5:Niti Aayog Released SDG Index 2021. Odisha scored zero in Ease of Doing Business and finished last in decent job creation indicator.

Legendary actor from western Odisha Atal Bihari Panda died at the age of 92. The actor's recent film Shala Budha Ro Badla won award in the National Film Awards. Acted in only 3 films and won national awards in all the 3 films. Other important film 'Aadim Vichar'.

June 6: Odisha government announced installing 6 ECMO machines at SCB Cuttack soon.

June 7: PM Modi announced direct procurement of vaccine by Centre and distribute among the states. Free vaccination for 18+ age group from June 21. The Centre extended PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana till Diwali.

In the second wave, Odisha became the third state in the country where the rural districts have contributed the maximum to the daily Covid-19 caseload of the State

June 10: As per the data with the State Health Department, when in the first wave the number of children infected by the novel coronavirus stood below 4 per cent, the proportion in the second wave has grown to a little over 5 per cent

June 12: Odisha witnessed depression induced rainfall.

The Odisha government ordered a probe into the alleged circulation of 'fake' COVID-19 medicine.,

As per the SBI report, Odisha GSDP had borne a loss to the tune of Rs 14,449 crore due to lockdown in May.

June 15: As per IMD data, May 2021 was the coolest ever for Odisha. The average maximum temperature during the month had remained below 40 deg C, which is the lowest ever in the State's history since 1969.

June 16: Odisha took the first step towards unlocking. The State Chief Secretary made some major announcements regarding relaxations to the complete lockdown in force in the State since May 5

June 17: All India Status on Higher Education (AISHE) report 2020 release. The average enrolment in colleges in the State has dropped to 659 in 2019-20. In the last 5-year period, the lowest enrolment was recorded in 2015 (661).

June 22: Odisha administered 1 crore doses in the State.

June 25: Delta Plus identified in Odisha's Deogarh.

State Health Department revealed that 15-40 year age group topped the burden list in the State with over 2.8 lakh positives.

In the second wave of the pandemic,around 17 children have been getting orphaned every day. Nearly 1100 children in the State were either abandoned or orphaned.

June 29: Matric results announced. Zero percentage pass schools was 'ZERO' this year. The pass percentage shot up to a historic peak of nearly 98 per cent (97.89%)

June 30: Sero survey undertook by AIIMS Bhubaneswar in partnership with WHO disclosed a lower infection rate among children below 18-years vis-a-vis younger and elderly adults in the rural pockets of the Capital City.

June recorded 17 percent deficit rainfall in the first Monsoon month.

July 1: UDISE+ report released. During the five-year period of 2015-20, a massive 5,490 schools in the government sector have virtually stopped functioning in the State.

July 2: Centre announced rushing of a team of health experts to the State. The Union Health Ministry dispatched health expert teams to only 6 states that had shown a trend of rising in Covid-19 cases.

July 7: Modi Cabinet expanded. Odisha RS MP Ashwani Vaishnav and Bishweswar Tudu inducted. Vaishnav given Railway portfolio, the first Odisha MP to becomeRailway Minister with cabinet rank.

July 12: The world famous Juggernaut rolled on amid Covid-19 restrictions. No crowd allowed.

July 16: Dengue cases posted sharp rise in the month of July in Odisha. State figured in the US-based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) dengue map for South Asia. State Capital worst affected.

July 17: Odisha announced reopening of schools (9-12th) from July 26.

July 19: Odisha topped the country as the State with the highest count of forest fires in the year 2021.

July 24: Dreaded gangster Hyder killed in an encounter by Odisha police.

As per the study report titled "Excess mortality in India from June 2020 to June 2021 during the COVID pandemic: death registration, health facility deaths, and survey data", Odisha has reported a massive 79 per cent excess deaths during the period of April -June 2021, which incidentally coincided with the Covid-19 second wave in the State.

July 26: CM Patnaik inaugurated the ‘Sujal-Drink From Tap Mission’ in Puri. The State government claimed a first in the country.

July 28: 6562 Children In Odisha Lost One Of Their Parents To Pandemic, State 2nd In Country, revealed NCPCR affidavit in SC.

July 31: The Capital city of Odisha became the first city in the country to administer jabs to the targeted population in the age group of 18-plus, announced BMC.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dashed a letter to the Centre over the alleged short supply of fertilisers on July 31.

August 2: 15 Lakh School-Going Students In Odisha Neither Have Phones Nor Computers, informed a Union Human Resource Ministry study.

In farmer Pension Scheme,  Odisha figured in Top-5 States.

August 12: The State topped the country in LED bulbs distribution.

BJD announced  27 per cent reservation for socially backward classes among BJD candidates for contesting the rural polls scheduled to be held in 2022.

August 15: PM Modi unfurled the tricolour. Gave the slogan Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Prayas. Announced National Hydrogen Mission. Declared admission of girls in  Sainik schools.

CM Naven Patnaik Announced the launch of BSKY smart card. It will benefit 4cr in the State.

138 in 0-15 years tested Covid-19 positive in Odisha in 24 hours.

August 19: Railway Minister paid first visit to Odisha after becoming minister.

August 27: Odisha joined nine other states in the country to have a full-fledged policy for the sunrise sector - the electric vehicles.

August 29: As per the IIT Kanpur report, Odisha with over 6.54 lakh cumulative positive cases till mid-August was the 10th state with high cumulative coronavirus cases during the second wave.

August 31: Odisha Counsel Sought Adjournment in Kotia case, informed SC 'States Likely To Settle.

Odisha topped the country in human-jumbo face-offs. The State recorded the highest toll in the human-elephant encounters for the last two consecutive years.

September 1: The monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly started on September 1, 2021.

There were 8 working days, including 7 government and 1 non-government working days, during this seventh session of the sixteenth Odisha Legislative Assembly.

The assembly was adjourned sine die on September 9.

September 2 : IMD, Pune report revealed severely dry conditions gripping over 75 percent of the area in the State.

September 4: For the first time in the last 5-years, the average daily power demand in July was the 5000MW in Odisha. With the power demand soaring by over 23 per cent vis-a-vis July 2020, the State had to bank on costly power to meet the demand, revealed a report.

September 8: CM Naveen Patnaik suspended controversial BJD MLA Prashant Jagdev, post surfacing of a viral video where the MLA was seen roughing up BJP leader.

September saw flood in north Odisha districts.

September 13: The Smart City recorded 195mm rainfall in 24-hours. The Civic authorities claimed this rain unprecedented.

September 15: With around 113 women per lakh women population in Odisha having registered cases of crime either under IPC or SLL in 2020, the State secured the dubious number 2 rank in the country, revealed NCRB report.

September 19: Odisha Poorest In Country, 46% Farmers Debt-Ridden, Took Loans At 30-50% Rate Of Interest, finds NSSO report.

15-yr old Jyoti Prakash Behera was swept away by the drain swell in the  Capital City. This was 6th such drain death in Bhubaneswar.

September 26: Eye of cyclone Gulab had some impact on Malkangiri. The landfall took place in Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh (near Sadhipeta village).

October 3: BJD's Rudra Maharathy won the bypoll in Pipili. BJP increased its vote share. Congress lost deposit.

October 16: 2 Gangrapes In 24 Hrs In Mayurbhanj: This Odisha District was State's Rape Capital For Last 20-Yrs.

October 18: After a ganja-laden vehicle mowed down many in Chhattisgarh, CM Bhupesh Baghel sngled out Odisha to do the needful so as to stop the ever-growing Ganja smuggling activities in the State

In a big vaccination milestone, State today covered a massive over 1 crore adults with the two shots.

 The month in Odisha was dominated by the lady teacher Mamita Meher's murder. Owing to Police flip-flop, the case dictated the political destiny of the State.

December: The month saw Cyclone Jawad that later weakened and spared the State from cyclonic fury. Winter session of the State Assembly held. But with the Mamita Meher case dominating the floors, Assembly declared sine die 20-days ahead of its scheduled date.

The State reported first Omicron case On Dec 21. Odisha announced winding up vaccination of kids in  1-month time.