Covid Resurgence: Odisha Announces Stringent Measures To Prevent Transmission Of Infection

Bhubaneswar: In view of the resurgence of SARS-CoV 2 (Covid-19) in many parts of India and some areas of the State, the Odisha government today promulgated certain stipulations to be followed to prevent the transmission of the infection.

The stipulations issued by the Office of the Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) are as follows:

  1. People coming to Odisha by any public transport like train, bus, airplane, or waterways, etc., or by any private vehicles have to produce RT-PCR negative report obtained within 72 hrs of entry / final vaccination certificate (after two doses of vaccination.

People coming without such report shall have to undergo 7 days mandatory Home/ Institutional quarantine. This will be effective from 12.04.2021 (Monday).

2. Collectors of the following districts namely Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nawrangpur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Balasore are authorized to set up and operationalize Temporary Medical Centres (TMCs)/ Cluster Temporary Medical Centres (CL TMCs) as per requirement for providing institutional quarantine facilities for people coming from other States. Expenditure for opening and running of such facilities shall be borne under Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

3. All Public Transport from Odisha to Chhattisgarh and vice versa shall be suspended from 10.04.2021 till 30.04.2021. Transport Commissioner, Odisha shall issue appropriate orders in this regard. The Transport Department with help of State Police and under the active guidance of District Collectors will set up Border Check Points (BCPs) at strategic locations/ border entry points to manage the entry of incoming persons/ vehicles.

  1. Persons coming through the BCPs shall have to produce Final Vaccination certificate/ RT-PCR negative report obtained within 72 hours prior to the entry to the State or else they will be put in Home/ Institutional quarantine for 7 days.

The incoming persons shall have to give an undertaking to this effect and submit a filled-in form containing the name of the person, place from where they came, the address of the destination, Mobile number, and alternate contact number.

  1. All Industries/ Educational Institutions/ Commercial Establishments shall ensure implementation of all COVID appropriate behaviour/ protocols and set up their own isolation facilities i.e. Covid Care Centres (CCCs)/ Covid Care Homes (CCHs) for Covid Positive persons found in their Establishments. The Expenditure incurred for this purpose shall be borne by them.

All such Institutions shall identify Covid Compliance Officer among their senior staff, who shall ensure the implementation of Covid Compliance Guidelines/ protocols within their premises and submit a daily report to the Collector/ Municipal Commissioner.

If any violation is observed in complying with Covid-19 appropriate behavior and protocols, they will be liable to be proceeded against in accordance with the provisions of section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, and Regulations issued thereunder besides legal action under section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.

  1. All Collectors/ Municipal Commissioners shall have regular meetings with the Industries/ Educational Institutions/ Commercial Establishments within their jurisdiction to sensitize them to follow Covid appropriate behavior and ensure strict adherence of Covid safety protocols such as wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing, and provision of thermal scanning & use of hand wash or sanitizer.

The SRC’s office has directed all Collectors/ Superintendents of Police/ Municipal Commissioners/ Commissioner of Police, Bhubaneswar- Cuttack to ensure the implementation of this guideline.

Any person found violating this order shall be punished under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and other relevant laws, the SRC’s order added.