Odisha declared state disaster Of Coronavirus
The Odisha state legislature was suspended till March 29 on Friday after the Novel Coronavirus pandemic was declared a ‘disaster’ within the state under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, that categorized COVID-19 intrinsically.
All schools, colleges, other educational institutions, also as cinema theatres are ordered to stay closed till March 31 and an amount of Rs 200 crore has been earmarked to reinforce the general public Health Response Fund for handling the threat of the virus outbreak.
“We are faced with a threat that doesn’t discriminate between developed and underdeveloped countries, between democratic or non-democratic countries. Rich and poor societies – all are equally vulnerable,” Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik declared on today.
In his statement, Chief Minister Patnaik said that every and each citizen has got to rise to the approaching threat and take accountability. At an equivalent time, it had been important to stay prepared and not panic.
“Each one among us in Odisha has got to rise to the occasion and be responsible. within the absence of any vaccine or treatment, our collective responsibility is that the only hope we’ve, to fight this epidemic. We must remain prepared, but not panic,” he said.
Patnaik further said that since the whole world is on “a learning curve about handling this disaster”, it had been the time that folks in Odisha came together and work as a community to manage things.
This is where it’s vital that the four and a half crore Odias join together and help us in managing things . all folks feature a responsibility to ourselves, to our families and to the communities we sleep in,” the minister said.
Keeping in mind the sooner directive that educational institutions and cinema theatres are to stay closed till March 31, Patnaik advised the citizens to scale back social interactions and keep them at just a basic level. “Being reception, reducing social interactions and avoiding gatherings will hamper the vulnerability to an excellent extent. Another important practice is frequent hand-washing and strict sanitization protocols,” the Odisha Chief Minister said.
Till now, no confirmed cases of coronavirus infection are found in Odisha, yet the government is undertaking the needful to remain cautious. The helpline number for coronavirus-related inquiries and support in Odisha is 9439994859.
The central helpline number is 11-23978046.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across India is 75, with one death. Among the number of positive cases of coronavirus infection, 58 are Indian nationals, while 17 are foreign nationals. An approximate number of 11,14,025 people are screened at airports across the country.
The global price from the coronavirus pandemic has crossed 4,600 and quite 125,000 people in 118 countries are infected around the world.
The Odisha government on Thursday issued an advisory to colleges to make awareness among students about common preventive interventions like hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
To date, 129 travelers who have returned from countries within the grip of coronavirus after January 15, are identified and kept under home quarantine, officials said.
Odisha has not reported any positive case thus far, a bulletin issued by the health and family welfare department said.
Meanwhile, the condition of 4 suspected cases of coronavirus — two at SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack, one each at VIMSAR, Burla and another in Keojhar district — remained stable.
“The blood and swab samples of the four persons, including a lady, are sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune,” a senior official said.
The Odisha School Education Programme Authority (OSEPA) has issued an advisory to all or any district education officers (DEOs), district project coordinators (DPCs) and block education officers (BEOs) to spread awareness about the deadly Covid-19.
“Preventive interventions like frequent hand wash, respiratory etiquettes (including using handkerchief over mouth while coughing/sneezing, avoiding public gatherings) would help in preventing/reducing transmission of not only this disease but also an outsized number of other communicable diseases,” the advisory said.
Earlier, the government had issued a workplace advisory for state employees.
Puri District Collector Balwant Singh has also asked hotels within the pilgrim town to exercise caution on accommodating foreign travelers.
About 500 foreign nationals, mostly from Italy, Japan and France visit Puri monthly, Singh said.
Another senior official said the Biju Patnaik International Airport on Thursday installed a scanning facility for passengers.
“The passengers will need to undergo thermal scanning and a team of doctors has been deployed at the airport,” he said.
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