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Odisha Govt Managing COVID-19 Pandemic Only On Twitter: BJP

Bhubaneswar: Be it Odisha government or administration of Ganjam district, which has been worst affected, the entire fight against COVID-19 is limited to Twitter, alleged Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday.

Addressing a presser, State BJP vice-president Bhrugu Baxipatra alleged that Odisha government has failed miserably in COVID-19 management.

“Being home to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s own constituency, Ganjam district is the worst affected by COVID-19 pandemic as there has been an exponential rise in positive cases as well as deaths due to coronavirus,” said Baxipatra.

Baxipatra alleged that Odisha government and Ganjam district administration are to be blamed for such mismanagement which has led to the present situation in the district.

As per official data, the total COVID-19 cases have crossed 4000-mark in Ganjam district.

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Citing the recent OTV report about the plight of people in Ganjam due to COVID-19, Baxipatra said, “There seems to be no concrete mechanism to put a check on COVID-19 spread. The administration is only trying to manage COVID-19 through Twitter. When positive cases started to increase from June 23, the entire COVID-19 management was being done by some IAS officers who feel their duty is complete with a mere communication of lockdown & shutdown on Twitter.”

Baxipatra further stated that neither there has been an all party meeting nor the State government is discussing the COVID-19 issue with experts.

Responding to the BJP leader’s allegations, Government chief whip Pramilla Mallick said, “Can’t the BJP see the situation in Gujarat, Delhi or Mumbai? Odisha is placed in a very good situation compared to other States in the country. Those returning from Gujarat are testing positive for COVID-19. Odisha government made all arrangements for the quarantine and treatment of the returnees from other States,” said Pramila Mallick.

Mallick further termed the incidents of several videos which are being circulated on social media regarding poor facilities in quarantine centres as a conspiracy.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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