TNI Bureau: The Odisha Government has issued new guidelines yesterday, making it mandatory to wear masks or covering mouth and nose while stepping out of home. It was also confirmed by Odisha Government’s COVID-19 Spokesperson Subroto Bagchi today.
As per the new guidelines, any available form of mask including a handkerchief or any piece of cloth in at least two layers, can be used to cover their mouth and nose. The order will be effective from 7 AM of April 9. District/Municipal authorities are also directed to implement the above decision strictly.
In case people are using disposable/single use masks, such masks shall be properly disposed of by following due procedure prescribed by Health & Family Welfare Department. Cloth masks should be cleaned with soap/detergent/disinfectant and water and sun dried for at least 5 hours after every single use. Masks used by one person must not be used by any other person.
The government believes that masks have been found to be extremely useful in controlling and containment of spread of Novel Corona Virus as seen from several global and national experiences.
Subroto Bagchi also made a few important points today:
? 42 more Tablighi Jammat attendees voluntarily came forward responding to the appeal of CM Naveen Patnaik and registered themselves. With this, the number of Nizamuddin Markaz returnees has gone up to 70. He appealed others too not to worry or fear and come forward in the larger interest of their family members and children.
? Cuttack Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani did not take leave despite his father’s demise today due to the Coronavirus crisis. He attended duty and continued his work.
? Responding to CM Naveen Patnaik’s appeals, 300 doctors voluntarily registered themselves to provide assistance to Odisha Govt’s Telemedicine Helpline 14410.
? To prevent infection in other Hospitals, #Odisha Govt sets up exclusive #COVID19 Hospitals for patients.
? 2,212 samples tested in Odisha till date. 42 positive, 2170 negative. One died; 2 completely recovered and discharged. 39 active cases.
? As per the central guidelines, cremation of the COVID-19 deceased would be held under the supervision of State Governments.
? Humans are under lockdown, not humanity. Don’t lockdown humanity.