Mumbai: State Chief Secretary Asit Tripathi said the Odisha government on Thursday announced a 14-day complete bandh in the entire Rourkela Municipal Corporation area as well as four districts including Ganjam, Khora, Cuttack, and Jajpur.
Giving information about the decision, Tripathi said, “The state government, after considering the ongoing epidemic survey, has decided for a 14-day full lockout in these four districts and one municipal area, which is active and two of the news cases – Refers to three cases, which account for about 66 per cent of accounts reported from these places.”
“Aggressive surveillance, testing, contact tracing, isolation, and treatment will be done during this period to prevent the disease,” he said.
As per the order of the State Government, during this bandh, all shops, and commercial establishments, offices and institutions will remain closed and mobility of people is also restricted, with the following exemptions – Central and State Government establishments, utilities and essential services, transportation, Vegetable, food and grocery, economic and other activities.
“All enforcing authorities note that these strict restrictions are fundamentally related to the movement of people, but not to goods,” the order read.
“The Commissioner of Police, Collector, ADM, DCP, Sub Divisional Officer, Tehsildar, BDO, Municipal Commissioner and Executive Officers of Urban Local Bodies of the above five districts are hereby authorized to take all necessary action for the enforcement and implementation of the above measures. Necessary assistance will be provided by the said officials as per the order required.
Any person violating these measures will be liable to proceed in accordance with the provisions of sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 under Section 1BB of the Indian Penal Code and other legal provisions such as the Epidemic Diseases Act. After 1897 came into force, the Government of Odisha stated.
Meanwhile, the state health department said that Odisha reported 718 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with a total number of 16,110 cases, of which 5,124 cases are active. A total of 369,738 trials were conducted in the state till yesterday.