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Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Saturday directed all those who participated in Uttar Pradesh Kumbh Mela to undergo RT-PCR Covid-19 test before returning to the State.

The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) has shared with Collectors and Municipal Commissioners the list of persons who have registered with Uttarakhand Government for participating in Kumbh Mela.

The SRC has asked the officials to contact all these persons and find out the location, travel plan and advise them to get them RT-PCR tested before boarding train/ flight to Odisha.

“All such persons must be personally tracked, their health condition monitored. All of them shall be directed to quarantine them for 14 days at home or in Cluster TMCs. They must be compulsorily RT-PCR tested. If Covid like symptoms are noticed, they should be immediately attended to,” the SRC said.

He further said ASHA and Anganwadi workers must visit them regularly in home /CTMCs and monitor their health conditions.

All such persons have to be advised to voluntarily self-isolate them and report to BDO/ Municipal/ NAC officers/ PHC/ CHC concerned about their condition.

They shall further strictly comply with adherence of Covid protocols. Collectors and Municipal Commissioners shall report to Health department and SRC office on this issue on a daily basis.

Swami Avdheshanand Giri today announced an early end to the month-long mega festival for Juna Akhara hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed that the Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar “should only be symbolic” amid an unprecedented increase in coronavirus cases across the country.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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