COVID upsurge: Returnees to Odisha from these 5 States to be under surveillance

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of upsurge of COVID cases in country, Odisha Government modified the instructions issued for the passengers coming from high risk States by airways and railways.

The precautionary measures may be limited to passengers from 5 high risk States instead of 12, clarified the Health & Family Welfare Department, Odisha today.

The States included Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The situation is under watch and surveillance may be extended to other States in future if the emergency arises, the Department said in the letter to all the district collectors, municipal commissioners, CDMOs and PHOs.

As per the order, the passengers coming from five high risk States will mandatorily undergo seven-day home isolation following arrivals. However, the returnees having COVID RT-PCR negative report or COVID vaccination final certificate will be exempted from the order.

In previous order, the health authorities had instructed to strictly implement COVID rules on the passengers travelling to Odisha from Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Punjab, Delhi, Chandigarh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh by trains or flights.

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