Night curfew, lockdown in Odisha capital? BMC Commissioner clears air

Bhubaneswar:  While resurge in COVID-19 cases in the state capital has led to apprehension of night curfew and lockdown among the public, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary today clarified that nothing of that sort is on the cards for the time being.

Briefing mediapersons, the BMC Commissioner said, “Cases are on rise but we are fully alert. For the time being, we are not planning for any night curfew, shutdown and lockdown. Rather, we are more focusing on strict enforcement, micro containment and generating awareness to curb transmission of the virus. We have joined hands with the Commissionerate Police to tighten the enforcement.”

The official further said after the state Government announced suspension of offline classes for Standard 9 and 11 students, authorities of both Government and residential educational institutions have been directed to ensure that students vacate the hostels as soon as possible.

He further reiterated that entry of general public into various Government offices has been restricted.

On the other hand, the number of beds at SUM Hospital, the only COVID Hospital currently functioning in  Bhubaneswar, has been increased to 250 from 150. Those hospitals the state Government had signed an agreement with to provide treatment to COVID patients  will be reengaged, if situation arises, said Chaudhary.

Amidst the resurgence in positive cases across the state, the capital city has been reporting over 100 single-day cases for the last two days.

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