Bhubaneswar: In view of detection of new variant of COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Odisha Government on Tuesday made it mandatory for all coming to the state from these two states, to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine for 14 days in cluster TMCs managed by BDO/EO of Urban areas.
According to an order issued by the Office of Special Relief Commissioner, the District Administrations have been asked yo ensure appropriate facilities and logistic support to Cluster TMC.
Besides, people travelling from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to other States through Odisha will be allowed without disembarking from the vehicle en-route inside the state.
The SRC office also stated that Collectors of Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nawrangpur are hereby directed to put Border Check Posts (BCP) on all inter-State roads (NH, State roads and local roads) along Andhra Pradesh and Telangana border with immediate effect.
The District Administrations have been asked to ensure border tracking for all the major and minor entry points for incoming people from State of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana adjoining their districts to the State of Odisha. Adequate police arrangement may be made for such tracking.
“Sarpanch(s)/ Ward Member (s) of PRIs & volunteers shall be mobilised to create awareness in their areas and further report to BDO/Police Station/ Local Authorities about any person coming from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana not quarantined in institutional facilities.
All passengers coming from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana alighting at Bhubaneswar/ Jharsuguda Airport/ any railway stations in the State, shall be mandatorily subjected to institutional quarantine/ paid quarantine for 14 days at facilities identified/ ordered by District Magistrate/ Municipal Commissioner or any officer duly authorised on his/her behalf.
Any person(s) who has been successfully vaccinated (two doses) and produces certificate to the effect or tested negative (-ve) in RTPCR test (report to be produced) within 48 hours before entering Odisha, may be allowed home quarantine for 7 days. If there is no suitable facility for home quarantine, he/ she may opt for institutional / paid quarantine in identified facilities for 7 days. However, in case of non- compliance of the Covid protocols and home quarantine guidelines issued by MoHFW/ H &FW Department of Government of Odisha, such persons shall be quarantined in institutional facilities for 7 days.
Persons coming on emergency works related to Covid-19 management by Government and private hospitals as well as those coming in connection any work permitted by Government of Odisha shall be exempt from this order. However, such persons shall strictly follow appropriate Covid-19 protocols and shall perform minimum necessary travel as would be required to perform the task for which he/ she has been drafted for & not unnecessarily move around.
Transport Commissioner, Odisha shall provide necessary assistance & guidance to District Collectors in operationalising the Border Check Posts. Any person violating these measures will be liable to be proceeded against in accordance with the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Regulations issued there under besides taking legal action under Section 188 of the IPC and other legal provisions as applicable,” the Odisha SRC order further read.