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Covid-19 Pandemic: Lok Seva Bhawan Among Many State Govt Offices In Bhubaneswar Shut For Public

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Thursday banned the entry of visitors to the Secretariat (now Lok Seva Bhawan) and several other State government offices till July 31 as a precautionary measure in view of the swift rise of Covid-19 cases in the State capital.

Apart from Lok Seva Bhawan, restrictions were also imposed on the public movement in Kharavel Bhawan, Rajeev Bhawan, and Krushi Bhawan till July 31.

An official order in this regard was notified by the Home Department to all the additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries, and commissioner-cum-secretaries of the concerned department on Thursday.

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“In view of the steep rise in Covid-19 positive cases in Bhubaneswar and in order to minimise the number of visitors coming to Lok Seva Bhawan, Kharavel Bhawan, Rajeev Bhawan, and Krushi Bhawan, it has been decided to keep in abeyance all passes issued to visitors for these offices till July, 31,” read the order.

However, any request for entry of outsiders and for such pass holders will only be entertained on the request received from the office of the Secretaries of the concerned department to the Special Secretary of Home Department.

Similarly, the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) office was shut down yesterday for 48 hours after two of its staff tested positive for the virus.

In order to tackle the pandemic, the State government has advised each department to appoint a senior officer as Covid Compliance Officer who will ensure strict implementation of the guidelines by conducting daily office inspection and will submit a weekly COVID audit report to the head of the office.

Bhubaneswar has a total of 332 coronavirus cases which includes 135 active cases, 192 recoveries, and four deaths.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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