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In the wake of a sudden surge in the Covid-19 cases use of face mask and social distancing will be enforced strictly in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar:20/2/21: In the wake of a sudden surge in the Covid-19 cases in some parts of the country like Maharashtra and Kerala, the Commissionerate Police has decided to step up surveillance for the violators of Covid-19 protocols in the State Capital.“The Covid-19 norms including use of face mask and social distancing will be enforced strictly in Bhubaneswar. People will not be allowed to congregate at one place in any market places in the city. A special enforcement team of the police will keep a strict vigil on violators. Anyone who breached the norms will be taken to task,” said DCP Umashankar Dash.

State Health Department has also cautioned people to follow the Covid-19 protocols strictly to avoid any possible lockdown-like situation in the State.

CBK Mohanty, Director DMET said that lockdown-like situation can’t be ruled out if people don’t adhere to the protocols.

“Further lockdown can’t be ruled out in the State even as the present situation doesn’t indicate such restrictions for the time being. Local administrations have been empowered to impose restrictions when/where required,” Mohanty said.

He further pointed out that the present situation in Odisha is not like what is happening in Maharashtra or Kerala.

“As of now there is no possibility of lockdown in Odisha as the situation is under control. But everybody needs to follow appropriate COVID behaviour. If situation warrants lockdown and other restrictions will be clamped,” Mohanty said.

Every possible precaution is being taken to contain further outbreak of the virus, he added.

Apprehending a possible second wave of Covid-19 in the State, additional chief secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra on Friday had written to Collectors, Municipal Commissioners and Police Commissioner directing them to ensure strict enforcement of COVID behaviour in their respective jurisdictions to avoid the possible return of the virus.

About Ashok Palit

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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