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COVID-19 Battle: Coming 15 Days Crucial For Odisha, Says CM Naveen

Bhubaneswar: With resumption of flight and train services, the coming 15 days to one month will be crucial for Odisha in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik after a review meeting on Tuesday.

“There are many learning points in these two months, be it scientific, social and administrative. We have to re-strategise our response based on these learnings so that we are ahead of the pandemic and at the same time bring normalcy in economic and livelihood activities,” the CM said.

Asserting that the State has handled the fight against Coronavirus well, Patnaik said, “Our learnings on the behaviour of virus in India and more particularly in Odisha has given us hope that with strict social distancing, wearing masks and repeated hand washing we should be able to successfully contain the spread of the pandemic.”

Patnaik further stressed on a fortnight drive to create serious awareness on COVID-19. “Our learning is that vulnerable population including elderly persons, people with comorbid conditions need extra care. So I would suggest that we plan a fortnight of serious awareness creation in all the above-mentioned points,” he said.

“I am happy to know that we are one of the leading states in testing in the country and that we could establish decentralized testing facilities in every part of the state. We have tuned our basic mandatory quarantine period on par with ICMR recommendations. At the same time empowered collectors to further extend institutional quarantine on a need-based manner in the overall interest of containing COVID spread,” said Patnaik.

The CM also appreciated the people of the State for the sacrifice so and cooperation in managing both COVID crisis and Amphan. “My special appreciation to all those who handled Covid-19 on one hand and a super cyclone on the other hand and ensured zero casualty, restored road connectivity in 24 hours and power connectivity in 48 hours. Their sacrifice is the inspiration for us to run the extra mile in discharging our duty,” Patnaik said.

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