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No crowding on streets after shutdown is lifted, Odisha government warns people

Dispelling fears of community spread, Tripathy also said that the shutdown was primarily imposed to investigate the COVID-19-positive cases in Surya Nagar and Bomikhal areas of the state capital.

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Last Updated: Apr 05, 2020, 04.26 PM IST
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Government has warned people in Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak and Cuttack against venturing out into the streets in large numbers.

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government has warned people in Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak and Cuttack against venturing out into the streets in large numbers after the 48- hour 'total shutdown' imposed on the three cities amid the rise in COVID-19 cases - is lifted on Sunday evening.

Addressing a press meet here, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said sanitisation and surveillance were being conducted from time to time to ensure safety of people.

Dispelling fears of community spread, Tripathy also said that the shutdown was primarily imposed to investigate the COVID-19-positive cases in Surya Nagar and Bomikhal areas of the state capital.

"The Surya Nagar case can be traced back to Kolkata, while patients in Bomikhal locality had links with Bhopal. Therefore, as per our investigation, community transmission of COVID-19 can be ruled out to a large extent," he said.

The chief secretary, however, asserted that all restrictions imposed by the Centre and the state government would continue to remain in force.

Strict action will be taken against those found flouting the social distancing norms, he stated.

"District collectors and police personnel have been asked to enforce social distancing in market places. People should not step out of homes in large numbers and create chaos (once the shutdown is lifted).

"The government will have no option but to implement tougher measures, in such circumstances, he said.

Tripathy further said that local authorities have been empowered to seal COVID-19 hotspots, if and when necessary, and carry out surveillance and trace contacts.

Maintaining that the state government has adopted best practices, in keeping with the guidelines issued by WHO, he said that the 48-hour shutdown, which ends at 8 pm on Sunday, was a complete success, and that similar steps might be taken in the days to come, if people were found violating rules.
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