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COVID-19: Coming 15 Days Most Challenging, Says Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today stated that with the opening up of flights and railways the coming 15 days to a month will be more challenging.

“But I am sure we will handle the same in a professional manner with a human face,” said Patnaik chairing a review meeting on COVID-19 management which was held through video conferencing here today.

The Chief Minister pointed out,” We are now two months into lockdown. There are many learning points in these two months scientific, social and administrative”.  

Patnaik said that we have to re-strategize our response based on these learnings so that we are ahead of the pandemic and at the same time bring normalcy in economic and livelihood activities. 

Our learnings on the behaviour of virus in India and more particularly in Odisha has given us hope that with strict social distancing, wearing masks and repeated hand washing we should be able to successfully contain the spread of pandemic, he added. 

“Also our learning is that vulnerable population need extra care, elderly persons, people with comorbid conditions etc.,” he further pointed out while suggesting that we plan a fortnight of serious awareness creation in all the above mentioned points.

Reiterating that it is a long drawn fight, the Chief Minister said that so far we have handled it well and we are re-strategizing our approach based on new learnings.

The efforts to do small certification courses for persons in quarantine will help us handle the situation even more efficiently in future, he added.

Patnaik was of the view that social distancing is not social boycotting.

 A combination of awareness creation coupled with strict action is required and this would also be a target for this week, he added.

Patnaik emphasized that testing has to be smart to take care of our frontline workers and vulnerable population. 

“I am happy to know that we are one of the leading states in testing in the country and that we could establish decentralized testing facilities in every part of the state,” he added.

The Chief Minister stated that while the basic mandatory quarantine period in the State has been tuned on par with ICMR recommendations, at the same time collectors have been empowered to further extend institutional quarantine on a need based manner in the overall interest of containing COVID spread. 

He lauded the TMCs at GP level for doing a great job in containing the spread adding, 95 percent of our positive cases are from quarantine centers. 

“This shows the robustness of our system and the efforts put by Sarpanches, peoples representatives and the entire government machinery from top to bottom cutting across departments. I appreciate each one of you for working day and night in our fight against COVID,” the Chief Minister pointed out. 

He appreciated the humane work done by police in ensuring zero walking inside Odisha and termed it as ‘Good job’.

The Chief Minister expressed his special appreciation for all those who handled Covid-19 on one hand and a super cyclone on the other hand and ensured zero casualty, restored road connectivity in 24 hours and power connectivity in 48 hours. 

He pointed out that people of the State have sacrificed so much in all these and cooperated completely with government. 

“Their sacrifice is the inspiration for us to run the extra mile in discharging our duty,” he added.

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