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Odisha Chief Minister appealed to the people of the State not to lower guard against COVID-19

Bhubaneswar:20/10/20: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday appealed to the people of the State not to lower guard against COVID-19 as there are chances of rising in the number of infections particularly during the upcoming winter and festive season.

With the festivities around the corner, Patnaik urged people not to congregate at public places and observe Durga Puja and Diwali in their respective homes.

“It was observed that number of COVID-19 cases shot up by almost three times in Kerala after the Onam festival. Experts say that Coronavirus will assume serious proportions during the winter. As Durga Puja and Diwali are approaching, I urge people not to congregate in public places and stay at home, use masks and maintain social distancing,” said Patnaik.

Patnaik warned that it will create serious problems for all if the COVID19 infection rises in the State.

Lauding the contribution of people and frontline health workers, the CM said, “In the last six months, Odisha has been successful in the ongoing battle against COVID-19 and it has been possible due to the cooperation of people.”

However, only a handful of people are violating COVID-19 guidelines which might create problems for all.

In the last 15 days, the daily COVID-19 caseload has started to decline in the state. On September 26, the State reported over 4000 daily cases and now the daily cases have come down to around 2000. The positivity rate in the State has also declined and it will improve further, the Chief Minister said.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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