Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik urges people to remain careful during the festival season; says COVID19 trend declining, but no time to be complacent

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today, in a message conveyed his best compliments on the occasion of Puja Festival to the people of the State. Hon’ble Chief Minister said that Odisha has been successful to contain Covid infection during last six months. He acknowledged the co-operation of all in the fight against Covid. Hon’ble Chief Minister further said that number of Covid positive cases in the State has shown a decline trend by coming down to less than 2 thousand in place of 4 thousand number in the last week of September. Rate of positivity has come down and it will further come down in coming days, he wished.

Chief Minister, while giving examples of Ganjam and Gajapati, said that two districts were hotspots before 2 months and now Covid spike has drastically come down there due to community participation and people’s cooperation, leaving the districts as models of inspirational for rest of the districts.

Chief Minister appealed people not to be complacent in such a situation and to remain cautious till definite treatment or vaccine for Covid is available. Hon’ble Chief Minister also cited the example of many European countries, those are under heavy spike of COVID-19 along with Indian State Kerala, where Covid spike became more after Onam festival.

Chief Minister, while quoting the experts that Corona may take spike in winter, appealed people to take all precautionary measures and to follow Covid protocols strictly, keeping in view the ensuing festivals like Durga Puja and Deepabali. He also appealed people to avoid crowding at public places and to strictly follow Covid protocols like wearing of masks, maintaining physical distance and adhering to hand hygiene.

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