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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a high-level meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the State

Bhubaneswar:11/1/22: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today held a high-level meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the State. Expressing concern over the rising cases in the State, Naveen appealed to people as well as administrative officials to be on alert and said that the next few weeks are crucial.

Cases are increasing in Odisha as well as in other parts of the country. The coming few weeks are crucial and hence everybody should remain alert and follow Covid appropriate behavior, the CM said.

Though the hospitalization rate has remained low in the third wave of the pandemic, the authorities should remain prepared and equipped to combat the situation in the wake of rising in Omicron cases.

The CM expressed satisfaction over the vaccination rate, and directed officials to expedite the process. Create Covid awareness by involving Mission Shakti groups, he said. DGP Sunil Bansal was asked to ensure strict compliance of the Covid-19.

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Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra briefed the CM about Covid preparedness in different districts. Municipal Commissioners of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and Collectors of Sambalpur and Sundergarh apprised the CM about their respective regions and the COVID situation there

Meanwhile, senior Odisha government officials said that the Chief Minister has asked to ensure that the Rapid Response Teams and other field officials establish proper communication with the Covid-19 infected people who are undergoing treatment under home isolation.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) RK Sharma said department officials said sufficient beds and ICUs are available at medical facilities to deal with the situation. Similarly, ventilators, as well as oxygen facilities, have also been kept ready.

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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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