10-day drive to strictly implement Covid norms in Odisha begins today


Bubaneswar, April 7: The Odisha Police will begin a 10-day special drive on Wednesday to strictly implement the existing Covid norms across the State to contain the virus spread.

Yesterday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the State police to launch the drive to enforce the regulations, instead of introducing any new curb.

The CM has asked DGP Abhay to deploy enough police personnel to effectively enforce Covid norms such as of wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and take action against people violating curfew during the special drive at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the DGP wrote to all SPs, DCPs to launch 10-day special drive for enforcement of Covid safety guidelines from April 7 to 16. Range DIGs, IGPs, CP have been requested to guide district SPs adequately.

Notably, the Government has implemented night curfew in 10 western Odisha districts between 10 PM and 5 AM from Monday.

The Chief Minister also directed Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra and Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pradipta Mohapatra to visit western Odisha districts with high incidence of the Covid positive cases and make an on the ground assessment and take suitable urgent action.

The virus spread seems to be mainly concentrated in districts adjoining Chhattisgarh border.

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