Coronavirus: Registration mandatory for overseas passengers to Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Intensifying its efforts to contain the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak, the Odisha Government has made registration of those coming to the state from abroad mandatory, informed Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy at a press conference here today.

Anyone who comes to Odisha from abroad has to register himself/herself mandatorily in the toll free number ‘104’ or the online portal 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, the official said.

They will be given an incentive of Rs 15,000 for registration and home isolation, Tripathy said.

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, he said. This regulation will be in force till April 15 and maybe extended based on situation, he added.

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

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