Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: With Covid-19 spreading its tentacles far and wide across the State, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday has cautioned that it will be forced to take stern measures if people don’t abide by COVID norms in the city.

Speaking to media, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said, “At this crucial juncture, we expect people to cooperate. But, many are not following Covid-19 guidelines.”

“If this continues, we will have to take stern measures,” Chaudhary cautioned.

Sharing details on preparedness to tackle the spread of the virus, he said, “Attempts are on to introduce sealing and containment zones. Right now, we have 3,000 beds ready of which half is occupied. 3,000 more beds will be added in 10 days. More than 85 per cent infected persons are in home or private isolation.”

Meanwhile, Sanghamitra Pati, director of Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), has urged people to test and isolate themselves if they have any Covid symptoms.

“Second wave of any pandemic spreads faster than previous wave. People took the pandemic for granted and didn’t follow Covid appropriate behaviour including social distancing and use of mask causing more severe wave this time around,” Pati added.

“If all members of a family test positive for Covid-19, they can stay together. But, all of them must wear mask and maintain social distancing,” she stated.

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