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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: To strengthen its efforts in preventing the spread of novel-Coronavirus in the State, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday appealed people coming to the State from abroad to register themselves through toll-free number (104) or online portal www.covid19.odisha.gov.in and informed that the regulation will remain in force till April 15 instead of March 31 as declared earlier.

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, the CM noted, “The registration should be done within 24 hours of arrival with basic details and phone numbers. Advanced registration before arrival will be highly preferable. They will be required to be in-home quarantine for 14 days and given an incentive of ₹15,000 for registration."

“The direction is as per the overall regulation and anyone not complying the same will be punishable under provisions of IPC. The initiative is taken as an abundant caution to protect people from getting infected by people who could be carriers of #COVID19, coming from abroad,” he added.

“The regulation will be in force till 15th April which may be extended based on the situation. Appeal everyone to comply with the regulation and be part of Odisha’s efforts in protecting the people of the state from #COVID19,” the CM wrote.

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On the other hand, the condition of the lone Coronavirus affected person in the State who is currently under treatment at the Capital Hospital is stated to be stable now.

Meanwhile, the authorities of various districts across the State escalated measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

Rourkela Municipal Corporation has ordered the closure of all shopping malls, coaching centres and marriage halls in the town from today. The civic body has also issued a tollfree number 104 to answer to the queries of people. Close vigil will be kept on those returned to the city from abroad, the civic body said at a presser on Monday.

Similarly, Balasore district administration has also put in place massive arrangements to fight COVID-19. While gyms, parks, schools and colleges have been shut, 10 shopping malls have been asked to close shutters from today. Special squads have been formed to check enforcement of the regulations at tourist sites, shrines, bus stands and other crowded places.

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Hoteliers in the pilgrim city of Puri organised a meeting and unanimously decided to cancel the bookings of tourists from other states and abroad. Besides, decision was taken not to allow conduct of meeting in hotels to avoid gatherings.

In Jagatsinghpur, Section 144 and other restrictions have been imposed at Maa Sarala temple. The south and west gates of the shrine will remain closed. The servitors and devotees can enter the temple through Singhadwar. While devotees have been asked not to go closer to Ratna Singhasan (bejewelled throne), restriction has been put on the gathering of more than four people.

Similar restrictions have been imposed at the Baladevjew temple in Kendrapara district. Devotees will not be allowed to touch Aruna and Garuda pillars till March 31. The servitors have been asked to wear protective masks while hand washing facilities have been made available for devotees.

Paradip administration has also clamped Section 144 in the Nehru Bangla area of the beach. Similarly, shopping malls, Yatri Niwas, Kalyan Mandaps and cinema halls have been shut.



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