June will be crucial in fight against COVID-19: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: Urging people to adhere to the guidelines issued by the government, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said June month is very crucial in the fight against the COVID-19.

“Easing of lockdown does not mean the deadly virus has disappeared. This is a long battle and we have to be very careful. As no vaccine or medicine has been developed to cure COVID-19 and monsoon is ahead, we have to be very careful,” said the Chief Minister in a video message.

He urged people to stay home for 17 days in the month of June during shutdown and night curfew.

“If you do not come out of house, corona will not reach you,” he said.

“For more than two months, we have been under the lockdown. We must not let the sacrifices go down the drain. Whether there is a lockdown or not, we must put ourselves under self-lockdown after giving a thought about our family and win the fight,” the CM said.

In view of the return of 5 lakh persons from outside the state and the advent of monsoon, everyone has to be more careful, he added.

He said the impact of the 5 lakh migrant workers who returned to the state would come down in the next 15-20 days.

Notably, the state government has decided to impose shutdown on Saturdays and Sundays in June in 11 districts of the state to contain the spread of coronavirus.

“Wear masks while going out and maintain social distancing,” said Patnaik.

He advised persons above 65 years of age, persons with comorbidities, pregnant women, children below the age of 10 years to stay at home.

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