Bhubaneswar: During the COVID-19 pandemic situation, it’s not possible and correct to provide every detail like a ball-by-ball analysis given during IPL matches, said Odisha government’s Chief Spokesperson on COVID-19 Subroto Bagchi today.
He further said the government will provide correct information at right time and it is committed to that. “It impossible to provide the information about an incident as it happened,” Bagchi added.
Mentioning about a show telecast on a TV channel in Odisha without naming it, Bagchi said the channel journalist asked 13 questions meant for him. Replying to two question on sample collection and testing, Bagchi said COVID-19 is not an IPL match so that a ball by ball account can be provided. “In IPL match we see action reply of batting and slow motion movement of ball. But in case COVID-19 all the case details and analysis cannot be given,” he said.
It is another matter that Odisha has so far reported 44 COVID-19 cases. If the number becomes 400, let it not happen here by Gods grace, is it possible to give details of each case, Bagchi said, justifying the government”s decision of not revealing details of COVID-19 patients.
He added during this situation not emotion, but patience if required for all.
“When the details are required in keeping in view larger interest, the same will be provided by the government. There is no need to criticise that,” he said.
Pointing fingers towards media he said, “We have to be careful now. It’s not time to park OB van in front of COVID hospital and testing lab.”
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said If someone is found not wearing masks in the State, Rs 200 fine will be imposed on the concerned person for first three instance and Rs 500 thereafter.
He also informed that the State Cabinet today decided to procure 1 lakh rapid antibody-based testing kit from India and outside under the emergency procurement plan.