Sundargarh: At a time when there has been a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Sundargarh district administration today extended the institutional quarantine period at all temporary medical centres (TMCs) to 14 days from seven days.
In an order, Sundargarh Collector Nikhil Pavan Kalyan stated to avoid exposure of COVID-19 positive cases in community level, it is decided to extend the mandatory institutional quarantine period at all TMCs for 14 days instead of seven days or till the reports available.
The mandatory quarantine period of returned in institutional facilities in rural areas was seven days. But it was observed that some of the inmates of TMCs tested positive even after completion of seven days of mandatory quarantine period, the order added.
Earlier in the day, the Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) decided not to allow people coming from the hotspot districts for home quarantine option.
The RMC further said people coming to the Steel City from districts like Khrodha, Ganjam, Bhadrak, Balasore, Nayagarh, Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Jharsuguda and Balangir will have to undergo institutional quarantine mandatorily for 14 days.