Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra and Additional Chief Secretary of Health department Pradipta Mohapatra flew down to Nabarangpur on Monday in a special chopper to take stock of the Covid-19 situation in the district. After landing in the district, the two officials held a meeting at the Circuit House with Health Department Officials, District Collector and SP regarding the Covid-19 situation in the district. He then visited the Covid Hospital in the region to monitor the functioning of the hospital.
Some shocking images from a COVID19 hospital in Odisha have gone viral. The purported video is from a Covid Hospital in Mayurbhanj district. In the purported video not just one or two, but several patients are seen lying on the floor across the hospital wards.
A patient suspected to be infected with Black Fungus succumbed in Sambalpur district. The patient died at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science and Research (VIMSAR) in Sambalpur.
A shocking footage has emerged from the capital city Bhubaneswar on Monday (May 31), purportedly showing a woman being attacked by a miscreant in broad daylight. The woman sustained injuries on her neck and was rushed to a city private hospital for preliminary treatment.
Despite increase in testing, the decline in daily Covid-19 infections continues in Odisha, as the state detected 8313 fresh cases in the last 24 hours. The virus has however claimed the lives of 35 more persons during the period. Odisha’s TPR has further dropped to 13.5 per cent.
A day before the completion of the second phase of lockdown in Odisha, state Chief Secretary Suresh Mohapatra on Sunday announced that the ongoing lockdown would be extended further till June 17, 2021. Complete weekend shutdown on Saturdays and Sundays will continue as earlier, he said. The decision has been taken considering public safety in view of the rising cases of coronavirus.
With the state-wide lockdown ending on June 1, people are speculating if Odisha government will further extend the lockdown period for another two weeks. Given that the Test positivity rate (TPR) of the state is comparatively higher than the national rate, Odisha might come up with stricter restrictions to further tighten curbs on the COVID-19 spread. Here's what experts have to say on the present situation.
Aggressive vaccination drive for around 3 to 4 months could prevent any further wave of the pandemic. Odisha Health Expert, Dr Niraj Mishra stated that the state needs to carry out Covid-19 vaccination drive aggressively in the next 3-4 months. He said that even if the infections rise again, it would cause minimal impact.
Bolangir Police in Odisha on Saturday (May 29) busted a cough syrup smuggling racket under Turekela Police Station limits.
Tension prevailed at an illegal country liquor manufacturing unit in Athagarh Tigiria area of Cuttack after a raid by Excise Officials.
Odisha government on Friday (May 28) extended the bidding deadline for its global e-tender for Covid-19 vaccine procurement till June 4 2021. After the deadline, the government will open the bids and decide upon the potential supplier of Covid-19 vaccines to Odisha.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik proposed two long-term solutions during the Prime Minister's post-Cyclone Yaas review meeting on Friday (May 28). The Odisha Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Pradeep Jena informed that the Chief Minister requested for a modern technology-based cyclone resilient electricity system. The Commissioner also said that the state asked the Prime Minister for long-term measures for protection of coastal areas from frequent cyclones in the state.
As per the Odisha Higher Education Department, functioning of all public Universities and degree colleges will commence from June 1. The institutions will reopen following completion of summer vacation, informed the State Higher Education Department on Friday.
Under the influence of Cyclone Yaas, strong winds are sweeping parts of Dhamra in Bhadrak district causing damages.
Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Yaas is just 70 Kms away from Dhamra. According to the latest update of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Yaas is 70 Kms away from Bhadrak's Dhamra, while it is 90 kms away from Paradip and about 130 kms away from Balasore district.
Chandbali in Odisha's Bhadrak district experienced heavy rainfall with gusty winds around midnight just hours ahead of Cyclone Yaas landfall on May 26th noon.
Flight operations suspended at Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar. In view of the impending very severe cyclonic storm Yaas, flight operations have been suspended at the Bhubaneswar Airport. Flight operations will remain suspended at the airport from May 25th 11 PM till 5 AM of May 27th.
Cyclone Yaas has now turned into a very severe cyclonic storm. As per the earlier predictions of India Meteorological Department (IMD), Cyclone Yaas intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm in the evening today. As per IMD Chief, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, the cyclone now lays about 180 km off Paradip coast.
Ahead of the landfall of Cyclone Yaas, heavy winds wrecked havoc on the coast of Rajnagar in Kendrapada. Misfortune struck a family, which was preparing to evacuate in the nick of time.
With Cyclone Yaas hurtling towards Odisha, the state carried out a massive evacuation drive. As of 4 PM on May 25, over 2 lakh people were evacuated to various Cyclone shelters and other safe shelters in the state. Evacuation drives were being carried out in as many as 10 districts which are expected to be affected by Cyclone Yaas.
Cyclone Yaas will cross Odisha carrying winds at speed of 155-165 kilometres per hour with gustiness of 185 kilometres per hour. India Meteorological Department (IMD) Chief, Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said that the cyclone is on course to cross Odisha coast between Dhamra and Balasore tomorrow noon. The IMD chief also said that interior Odisha districts may also experience high wind speed under its influence.
In view of the threat posed by the approaching cyclonic storm 'Yaas', 22 NDRF teams have been deployed in the coastal districts of Odisha as of now.
Despite widespread awareness & strict enforcement, violators continue to skirt COVID19 guidelines. With absolute disregard to the lockdown, another marriage procession in Odisha was taken out in Ganjam distirct.
Posting a big spike again. Odisha logged 12,852 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest since the onset of the pandemic. The disease also claimed 28 lives during the period. So far, as many as 2484 patients have succumbed to the deadly virus in the state.
This is a banquet hall (Kalyan Mandap) at Gopinathpur under Hinjilicut of Ganjam district. On Friday (May 21st) a marriage was organized here and a big feast had been planned. Food was prepared for as many as 1000 guests invited to the wedding. But police & administration authorities including the BDO ended up at the marriage venue. After the raid, the authorities stopped the feast and distributed the food door-to-door.