Coronavirus: Odisha CM appeals foreign returnees to register themselves

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today appealed everyone coming from abroad to the state to register themselves through toll free number-104 or online portal in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

Patnaik appealed the foreign returnees to register themselves within 24 hours of arrival to prevent spread of COVID-19 in Odisha. Self disclosure will help us in tracking and containing the pandemic, he said.

Odisha Government’s website became functional from March 17 for self-registration of foreign returnees in view of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak.

This should be done within 24 hours of arrival with basic details and phone numbers. However advance registration before arrival will be highly preferable. They will be required to be in home quarantine for 14 days. They will be given an incentive of Rs 15,000 for registration and home isolation.

Their location will be tracked during their home isolation and mandated number of calls will be made everyday to keep a close watch and give appropriate medical guidance. However, to trace and track persons who have already entered the state on or after March 4, a 48-hour period from 6 am of March 17 to 6 am of March 19 has been allowed for them to register themselves. Registrations can be done by the passengers or relatives or friends.

Anyone not complying the same will be punishable under the provisions of Indian Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code. This regulation will be in force till April 15 and maybe extended based on situation.

Worth mentioning, Odisha is the first state in the country to have made such a regulation to combat COVID-19.

Also read- COVID-19: 1239 Persons Registered Themselves In 24 Hours In Odisha.

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