Quarantine period increased to 28 days in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Amid sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in Odisha, the state government has increased the quarantine period for returnees from 14 days to 28 days, informed Subroto Bagchi, government’s spokesperson on COVID-19, at a presser today.

“The incubation period of COVID-19 is 28 days. Hence, the quarantine period has been increased to 28 days from 14 days. Returnees from other states will have to undergo an institutional quarantine of 21 days followed by home quarantine for next 7 days,” said Bagchi.

While CCTV cameras will be installed at quarantine centres, section 144 of CrPC will be imposed on areas surrounding the quarantine centres, he said.

Bagchi further said that 10 days of work with payment of Rs 150 per day will be given to people wishing to work at quarantine centres across the state.

Information & Public Relations Department  Secretary S. K. Singh informed at the press conference that all private organisations and offices located in Red Zone areas of the state have been asked to issue an office order and ID card to 33 percent of their employees so that they can commute smoothly.

Without special permission, women workers are advised not to work between 7 pm and 6 am. Overtime payment will be given to those working for the extra hours, he added.

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