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COVID-19: Restrictions Clamped On Cremation At Puri Swargadwar

Puri: The district administration of Puri on Tuesday barred cremation of the dead bodies from outside the district at Swargadwar. Such restrictions have been clamped owing to exigencies arising out of the COVID-19 situation, informed Puri Collector, Balwant Singh adding that such restrictions will come into effect from tomorrow.

“Due to its spiritual significance, people from different parts of the State, and also outside come to Puri Swargadwar to cremate their loved ones. Under the present circumstances arising out of COVID-19, there is a possibility of cross infection. Hence, we have decided not to allow cremation for bodies coming from outside the district from tomorrow,” said Singh.

Singh further stated that “We understand that it is a harsh decision. But it is for the protection of all the persons including those coming from outside as well as Puri residents. We urge people to support the administration.”

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It is pertinent to mention here that Odisha is now witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases. The State’s tally reached 10,097 today after 571 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, highest single-day spike so far.

Puri till now has reported 306 COVID-19 cases, of which 71 are active cases. As many as 233 persons have recovered from COVID-19 in the district.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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