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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Amid a relentless rise in Covid-19 cases in Odisha, the State Government has decided to keep a strict vigil at all the porous village routes along the inter-state border with West Bengal where a triple mutant variant of the virus has been detected.

“There are many porous village routes through which people may enter the coastal state from West Bengal without checks. So it has been decided to keep a strict vigilance and checking at all those routes. Tight surveillance is also in force at three major check posts and all the routes which pass through Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts. Police patrolling has been intensified in the regions,” said ADG (Law and Order) Yaswant Jethwa.

According to official sources, people crossing through the checkpoints are being asked to furnish a negative RT-PCR report not older than 48 hours or their vaccination certificates. After entering the State, they are also required to quarantine for seven days.

Meanwhile, police DG Abhay reviewed the Covid-19 enforcement situation in Balasore today. Earlier he had reviewed the situation of weekend shutdown in Bhadrak.

“Enforcement of Covid-19 norms in Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts has been satisfactory. I thank the people of the districts for cooperating with police in the enforcement drive. I urge them to continue their support to keep the virus in check,” said Abhay.

(Edited by Suryakant Jena)

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