Carry RT-PCR negative reports if traveling to Odisha

Coronavirus on scientific background

Amid surging Covid-19 cases, Odisha government has intensified its efforts to reduce the infection and made it compulsory to produce RT-PCR negative report upon one’s arrival in the state or else will have to stay in 7 days of home/institutional quarantine.

The rule is applicable to people travelling by any public transport like train, bus, flight or water ways.

The state government also suspended all public transport from Odisha to Chhattisgarh and vice versa until April 30, 2021. Border check points will be set up to manage entry of incoming persons and vehicles.

The order said district magistrates-cum-collectors of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nawrangpur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Balasore are authorised to set up and operationalise temporary medical centres/ cluster temporary medical centres as per need for giving institutional quarantine facilities to those coming from other states.

All industries/ educational institutions/ commercial establishments will ensure implementation of all COVID appropriate behaviour/ protocols and set up their own isolation facilities like COVID Care Centres (CCCs)/ COVID Care Homes (CCHs) for COVID positive persons found in their Establishments. The expenditures incurred for this purpose shall be borne by them.

In Odisha, new positive cases were at 879 on April 7 taking the total active caseload to 4,660.