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Covid-19 In Odisha: 3-Day Shutdown Ordered In Nawarangpur District

Nabarangpur:  In view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases, the district administration of Nabarangpur today announced a three-day shutdown in the district beginning tomorrow from 5:00 AM till midnight of August 10 (Monday).

“As per information received from the Information & Public Relations (I&PR) Department based on test reports of yesterday as many as 11 from our district have tested positive for COVID. Since a number of Corona infections are rising in the towns we are going to impose shutdown from tomorrow 5 AM till the midnight of Monday in the district,” informed Nabarangpur Collector & District Magistrate Ajit Kumar Mishra briefing reporters here today.

Mishra sought the cooperation of the people in this regard and appealed them not to move out of their homes until and unless warranted.

He informed that as on date the total number of COVID positive cases in the district stands at 356 and out them 270 have recovered from the disease and there are 85 active cases. One death has been reported from the district, he added.

As per the order issued by the District Magistrate & Collector, during the shutdown, only following activities shall be allowed:

1. All medical establishments including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, including medicine stores. Movement of Ambulance and all medical personnel
2. District / Block and Municipal Administration/Police/Fire Services.
3. Central & State Government officials on emergency duty.
4. Telecom services
5. Petrol pumps.
6. Print and Electronic Media identified by District Police.
7. Water Supply, sanitation, and sewerage workers.
8. Electricity supply and distribution.
9. Movement of goods and goods carriers, whether loaded or unloaded.
10. Industrial establishments, factories, and construction activities.
11. Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Services, and allied activities, including procurement at Mandis.
12. Service Sector industries including IT/ITeS, Hotel & Hospitality units. Operation of hotels and hospitality units including their associated offices, movement of staff, and associated personnel.
13. Road transport on highways, road movement of transiting vehicles.
14. Marriages and Funerals, with permission of District Authority.
15. ATMs
16. Operation of Bus Station and their associated offices, movement of associated personnel, and activities.
17. Home delivery of food, groceries, vegetables, and essential items by restaurants.
18. Dhabas along the National and State Highways/Major roads to takeaway only.
19. Milk Booths.

The order says that the movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited during the shutdown period except for the aforementioned essential activities.

Guidelines issued for the shutdown period in the order is as under.

1. No gathering of persons will be allowed in Nabarangpur district jurisdiction in any public or private places except gathering inside the house or house premises.
2. Non-essential gatherings and assemblies such as seminars, workshops, and conferences are to be cancelled.
3. Social gatherings and assemblies like religious functions, marriage receptions, parties, etc. shall not be conducted.
4. No Marriage Barat/ Opera shows / and other functions shall be organized.
5. No Political rally / gathering for agitation should be conducted.
6. Any type of Kalyan Mandap shall not be permitted to any functions where public gathering possibilities.
7. All the Hotels where people stay on regular basis coming from outside should keep all precautionary measures of COVID-19 like sanitizer and isolation room during the period.
8. Anybody with signs and symptoms like cough, fever or difficulty in breathing should call the district helpline No.06858-222459, Mobile No.9439988787, 9439988468/ District COVID Control Room No.06858-222434/7077450077.
9. The Sub Divisional Magistrate, Nabarangpur/ Executive Magistrates, IIC concerned are hereby directed to keep a close watch on gathering of individuals in their respective areas.
10. Rumor mongering, misinformation in social media will be dealt with very sternly.

Any person found violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides, legal action under Sec.188 of the Indian Penal Code and other legal provisions as applicable.

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