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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Following a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, the district administration in Malkangiri on Monday decided to clamp night curfew as a preventive measure to check the spread even as speculations are rife about extension of similar measures to other parts of the State.

As per the latest announcement, the night curfew will remain in force in Malkangiri from 9 PM to 6 AM between March 23 and 31, 2021.


It is worth mentioning that the State recorded 146 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the maximum in the last over 40 days.

Earlier during the day, the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena informed that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will take stock of the pandemic situation at a review meeting on Tuesday (tomorrow) to decide the next course of action for containment of the spread.

The SRC’s announcement came within minutes after 45 Covid-19 cases were reported from the premier Xavier Institute of Management (XIM) in the Capital City, hastening the BMC to seal the institute and bar entry/ exit of all inmates including students and other staff.

During the enforcement of the night curfew in Malkangiri, the movement of individual shall be strictly prohibited, except for essential activity.

Also Read: Lockdown, Night Curfew Fear Hangs Over Odisha After Sudden Surge In Covid-19 Cases

In the interest of the general public and for containment of spread of COVID-19, during celebrations of Dolayatra" and Holi the following guidelines have been issued by the Malkangiri district administration:

- Congregation for celebration of 'Dola yatra" and associated religious and cultural congregations shall not be allowed in public place throughout the district.

-Religious rituals in temples will continue as usual with strict adherence of Covid-19 protocols. Considering local conditions, entry of devotees into temples and celebrations in temples and religious places are allowed.

-"Dola Melans" is allowed with 50 numbers of participants with strict adherence of Covid appropriate behavior and norms.

-"Holi " on March 28 and 29th and their related rituals shall not be observed in public places throughout the district.


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