Suryakant Jena

Bhubaneswar: The authorities of various districts on Sunday cancelled the leaves of government employees of the State to combat the possibility of any spread in novel-Coronavirus (Covid19) disease.

The collectors of Khurda, Ganjam and Gajapati and Jharsuguda have issued orders canceling the leaves of all government employees in order to meet any exigencies due to Coronavirus outbreak.

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The concerned district authorities have also imposed strict restrictions on the movement of tourists in major sightseeing destinations with immediate effect.

In Khurda the administration has asked tourists to refrain from visiting various sites like Kalijai, Nalabana, Mangalajodi etc. Ganjam district administration has enforced prohibitory orders under section 144 of the IPC to prevent people from gathering in public places.

Similarly, the sites like Gandahati, Chandragiri have also been declared no visiting zones for tourists in Gajapati district. All coaching centres in the districts have been asked to shut down their operations from tomorrow.

The Police Commissioner of Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar has issued temporary closure notice to all shopping malls operating in the cities in the wake of the viral outbreak. The enforcement will come into effect from tomorrow.

"As per Section 35 of the Odisha Urban Police Act, Twin City Commissioner of Police has ordered all malls in the cities of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack to remain closed till 31 March 2020. The order will come into effect from tomorrow," a tweet by the Police Commissioner stated.

Meanwhile, Odisha government on Sunday appointed 4 senior IAS as officers on special duty in Health and Family Welfare department for enforcement of The Odisha Covid-19 Regulations, 2020.

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CGM, OMFED, Bhubaneswar Somesh Kumar Upadhyay, P Anwesha Reddy, ED of OMC Limited, Patil Asish Ishwar, ED of GRIDCO and Divakara TS, OSD of OCAC have been appointed as the special officers who will supervise the enforcement of the regulations apart from performing their own duties till June 30, 2020.