Bhubaneswar: Kerala was performing well in managing COVID-19, however, the Onam celebrations have reversed the trend and there has been a major surge in new positive cases, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said today.
Addressing a meeting of senior officials, the Chief Minister advised the latter to be very watchful and create maximum awareness among citizens to check the spread of COVID-19.
Apart from citing the example of Kerela, which has seen a 200 per cent spike in daily new cases, Naveen highlighted that countries in Europe have witnessed a second wave of novel Coronavirus.
“Even a little ignorance or complacency is very likely to turn the situation precarious. Therefore it is important for the administration to be fully alert and spread awareness among people during the ensuing Puja season followed by the winters,” Naveen said.
The Chief Minister expressed contentment over Odisha’s performance in checking COVID spread so far. Odisha has performed well among other states and new cases are dropping in most of the districts here, he said. The most affected districts, Cuttack, Khurda and Puri have also shown improvement in checking the surge.
“The Puja season is approaching and then the winters. The administration needs to be on high alert and intensify public awareness programmes. Besides, it has to be ensured that COVID guidelines are enforced stringently during these months,” Naveen directed the senior officials at the meeting.