Bhubaneswar: Odisha Special Relief Commissioner Pradip Jena on Monday said that stern action will be taken against those violating COVID-19 norms in the coming days to contain the spread of the virus.
He warned the state denizens against complacency and said that there is a need to strike a balance between life and livelihood but some people are not adhering to the safety norms during this pandemic. "We will have stricter norms against the COVID guideline violators from Wednesday (September 9). If you save yourself, you can save your family and the State at large," said Jena.
He informed that Covid-19 is spreading its tentacles gradually in the State. "Now, around 3000 positive cases are reported across the state on a daily basis. Around 1200 positive cases are reported everyday in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. The State government is taking several majors to contain the spread of the virus. New infrastructures have been constructed. Health workers have been trained. New hospitals have been set up. Every month the State government is coming up with new modern healthcare facilities," he said.
Now, a total of 7328 beds are available for the treatment of the Covid patients across the State. Every month, 475 new beds with ventilator facilities are also coming up," said Jena.
“Some people have become complacent with the opening up as they are not adhering to the Covid-19 guidelines. But few people are throwing the rules into the wind. Because of the lackadaisical attitude of few reckless people, the lives of most of the people have been jeoparadised,” he explained.
Jena urged people to strictly adhere to the guidelines suggested by the health experts. “Everybody should obey the advice of experts. They should wash their hands regularly, keep physical distancing and use mask. These behavioural changes are the best methods to keep the infection at bay,” he said.