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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government spokesperson on Coronavirus, Subroto Bagchi on Saturday said that COVID-19 infection might reach its fourth stage later this month. Citing the increasing cases of the positive cases despite all measures and awareness, he said, "In Odisha, Covid-19 infection may reach its 4th stage this month. Maximum infection is apprehended in this month."

Urging people to take maximum precaution during this period, he said adherence to quarantine guideline, Covid-19 protocol and self-restraint are the only means to fight this infection.

To control the spread, a two-day weekend shutdown started in 11 of the 30 districts with high Covid-19 cases. The shutdown on Saturdays and Sundays will continue in these districts till the end of the month.

Only essential services are allowed in the 11 districts - Ganjam, Puri, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Bolangir.

Meanwhile, the state government warned of action against the people returning from abroad for not responding to calls from 104 or the state call centre.

"All foreign returnees should cooperate and take calls on their registered numbers from 104/state call centre. Keeping phones in switched off mode or non-acknowledgement of calls will be viewed as jumping of home quarantine and liable to be prosecuted as per penal provisions," said the health department.

As many as 112 Covid-19 patients in Odisha have recovered from the disease on Saturday, bringing the total recoveries in the State to 1716.

Earlier in the day, Odisha witnessed the highest single-day spike of coronavirus with detection of  173 new cases, taking the total tally to in the State to 2781. Of the total positives, a highest 64 COVID-19 cases have been reported from Ganjam district, followed by 19 from Jajpur and 13 each from Cuttack and Mayurbhanj districts.

(With Agency Inputs)

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