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Pradeep Singh

Bolangir: At a time when COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Bolangir and the State government is taking all possible measures against coronavirus, a video from the western Odisha district has surfaced in which people are seen throwing social distancing norms to the wind.

Hundreds of ANM and NM aspirants reportedly gathered in front of the Chief District Medical Officer's (CDMO) office to apply for vacancies violating the COVID-19 restrictions. What is appalling is that a few police personnel present at the spot had turned a blind eye to the blatant violation of the safety norms.

As per reports, the district medical authority had sought applications for a total of 372 ANM and NM positions on temporary basis- for a period of two-three months. Those selected will reportedly be deployed at isolation centres which will be set up in rural areas.

So far, 353 COVID-19 positive cases have been detected in the district which has also witnessed a massive influx of migrants after the imposition of lockdowns.

Expressing concerns over the incident, a local said that though Bolangir Town has reported over 100 local contact cases, people don't seem to care.

The administration has launched several drives to make people aware of the pandemic and the necessity to strictly follow the social distancing norms. However, these episodes prove that a lot still needs to be done, said another local.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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