The state government of Odisha on Tuesday issued fresh guidelines in limiting the number of people at marriages and related gatherings to 200 instead of 500 while only 50 people can attend funerals. This decision came in the wake of rising cases of Covid-19 in the state over the last three days.
Special attention will be given to enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour in public places, especially markets, religious institutions, wedding venues etc, said the Special Relief Commissioner’s office.
Odisha reported 113 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, taking the total active cases to 898.
In view of the Covid resurrection, the Jagannath temple in Puri would be closed once a week.
However, the Urban areas are more vulnerable to rapid spread of the virus, hence, the enforcement and surveillance activities would be more strictly monitored.
Meanwhile, the state government said all health facilities and community health workers would step up surveillance of ILI/SARI cases and ensure their testing.
The government order said, “The testing of returnees from Red Flag States would have to be ensured as per health and family welfare department guidelines. RT-PCR testing levels must be increased as per the targets communicated to districts. For all positive cases, contact tracing must be done and the guideline of Test-Track-Treat be followed.”
Mini containment zones can be set up, wherever a cluster of cases is detected, the statement further said.