Odisha CM Praises State Officials And Citizens For COVID-19 And Cyclone Amphan Adeptly
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik appreciated the efforts of the government officials in handling the dual challenges of COVID-19 and cyclone Amphan in the past few days.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday appreciated the efforts of the government officials recently for their support during the cyclone. “My special appreciation for all those who handled COVID-19 on one hand and a super cyclone on the other hand and ensured zero casualties. The government officials restored road connectivity in 24 hours and power connectivity in 48 hours,” Patnaik said at a review meeting.
As per an ANI report, he also said that people of the state have been excessively cooperative with the government. Speaking on the continuing challenge of COVID-19, Patnaik said, “We have to re-strategise our response based on the learnings from the situation so that we are ahead of the pandemic and at the same time bring normalcy in economic and livelihood activities.”
Patnaik further mentioned that testing has to be smart to take care of the frontline workers and vulnerable population. Odisha’s mandatory quarantine period is also on par with ICMR recommendations. On the other hand, collectors have been encouraged to further extend institutional quarantine on a need-based manner in the overall interest of containing COVID-19 spread.
He further said that with the opening up of flights and railways, in the coming 15 days to a month would be challenging but that it would be handled.
“95 percent of our positive cases are from quarantine centres. This shows the robustness of our system and the efforts put by Sarpanches, people’s representatives, and the entire government machinery from top to bottom cutting across departments. I appreciate each one of you for working day and night in our fight against COVID-19,” Patnaik said.
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