Amid rising concern over the new coronavirus variant Omicron, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a high-level review meeting on Wednesday. The chief minister directed senior officials to remain alert and ensure strict enforcement of Covid-19 protocols across the state.
Following the meeting, CM Naveen Patnaik said that Covid safety protocols have to be strictly enforced.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the new virus variant poses ‘very high’ global risk and may lead to surges with severe consequences. Many countries in Europe have been experiencing increase in infections in recent weeks, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik noted at the Covid review meeting with senior officials.
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Pointing out that the state government has adopted a cautious approach towards the pandemic since the beginning, Naveen Patnaik claimed that Odisha successfully controlled the two past waves of Covid-19 pandemic despite challenges. He hopes the state will successfully tackle the recent threat of new variant.
“We have to reactivate all our protocols and keep the Covid facilities and personnel on high alert. I would like to hear from the Health department about the emerging situation and the related preparations. We have to enforce the Covid safety protocols strictly. I urge the DGP to continue the good work done by the Police since the first wave and enforce strictly,” Naveen Patnaik added.
The CM directed the I&PR department to start a new awareness campaign to sensitise the citizens to follow norms of face mask, hand hygiene and social distancing. Collectors have been directed to involve all sections of the society including the PRI Members, Mission Shakti groups, etc and ensure awareness and enforcement.
“This new wave of Covid virus spread seems to be more infectious and therefore, make sure everyone takes it seriously,” the chief minister said.
“I appeal to all the people of Odisha to be alert and follow the Covid safety norms, and please cooperate with the enforcement machinery,” Naveen Patnaik added.
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