The state has set up a registration system that will capture every worker’s arrival, quarantine them for 14 days in local facilities built across the state and then release or hospitalize them based on their symptoms and corona test results.
Patnaik said that every Gram Panchayat will have a registration facility, where it is mandatory of returning population to either self register or get their details enrolled by relatives. The returnees will then be placed in panchayat quarantine facilities for 14 days.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Odisha and Maharashtra have extended the coronavirus curbs till the month-end, while Haryana is looking to take a cue from the Prime Minister’s address to the nation Tuesday, the last day of a three-week national lockdown.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “The cabinet, which met today, decided that saving the lives of our people is the top most priority at this juncture.” The state has reported 42 cases of COVID-19 and two deaths so far.
Starting Friday 20.00 hours, these three urban pockets of the state will experience for 48 hours more restrictions on movement of essential services personnel, commodities and services, than presently imposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Late Thursday night, Odisha’s Health and Family Welfare Department in a series of tweets said, "Based on the contact history of the third positive (Corona) case (in Odisha), Health Department urges people not to visit Kar Clinic Bhubaneswar for outpatient and inpatient care".
According to a senior official, “This will help in pooling all resources, human and material, in one place to treat patients rather than a scattered effort throughout the state. Doctors from different state medical colleges may be deployed at this one place for streamlined services.”
Bagchi demonstrated a chart titled “India is headed in the direction of exponential growth, with cases doubling every 5-6 days”. Considering Odisha’s population to the national population, if there are 58,643 cases nationwide it would mean there will be 2,345 affected in Odisha alone”, Bagchi said.
According to a senior doctor with OMSA, Stage III of pandemic means when an person or animal carrying the virus can produce sporadic cases or small clusters of disease in population. Incomplete human-to-human transmission can occur in specific circumstances.
In a video clip, Patnaik said, “Coronavirus has reached India. The number of affected (patients) is increasing. This virus has come from outside and does not have a specific treatment. Only awareness can stop the spread of this virus.”
According to a government spokesperson, Odisha is the first state in the country to lock down 40 per cent of the state- focusing on districts where more than 70 percent of foreign travellers have returned.
Since Coronavirus is contagious in nature and food grains shall be distributed to PDS beneficiaries through ePoS devices but, without using any type of biometric scanning through either fingerprint scanner or IRIS scanner attached to the e-PoS.