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COVID-19: Odisha CM Cautions Not To Put Down Guard During Festivities

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged people to be more cautious to check COVID-19 spread during the festive season. In a video message for the public, Naveen said the character profile of corona is very critical. Therefore we have to be cautious till the medicine and vaccine for COVID-19 is out.

Today, India ranks 2 in terms of number of people affected with COVID-19 so far, in the world after USA. The situation in Kerala turned worse with a three-fold rise in COVID cases post Onam celebrations. “Experts say that novel Coronavirus will take a dangerous form during the winters. The festival season is ahead. Therefore, it is my request not to make public places crowded,” urged Naveen.

Naveen cited the examples of European countries like UK, France and Spain which are facing the second wave of COVID-19. “Daily cases in UK on September 1 were 1,200-plus while the number spiked to more than 17,000 on October 8. In France the daily cases increased from 3,000 to 26,000 between August 31 and October 10,” he said.

Two months back, Ganjam and Gajapati used to be COVID hotspots. With active community participation and dedication of COVID warriors the two districts have been able to check the spread of coronavirus remarkably. “While Ganjam and Gajapati are examples for us, we cannot afford to be complacent. The character profile of corona is very critical. Therefore we have to be cautious till the medicine and vaccine for COVID-19 is out,” the Chief Minister cautioned.

The daily cases of COVID-19 in Odisha, has come down to below 2,000. The number was 4,000-plus on September 26. The COVID positivity rate has also come down and will decline further, the Chief Minister said. However, he urged people to continue with the COVID related precautions such as wearing masks, social distancing and hand washing.

“It has been a tough seven months for us, but our sacrifices have borne results,” he said. “Let us all take an oath before Maa Durga to ensure social distancing, masks and saving our families from coronavirus,” the Chief Minister said.

Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

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