Covid-19 pandemic has taken several lives till now, and its fury is increasing day by day. Owing to the increasing number of infections, several States have announced a mini lockdown to control the spread of this disease. Odisha was also one of those states who had imposed a 14-day lockdown to curb the pandemic. But since this is increasing, the Odisha Government is compelled to extend the lockdown. This article would look into all the details about this lockdown extension.
Details about the lockdown extension in Odisha
Going to increase COVID infections in the state, the Odisha govt. Has announced lockdown from 19th May 2021 5:00 am (Wednesday) till 1st June 2021 5:00 am. The government has clarified that there will be a complete law shutdown on weekends (from 6:00 pm on Friday to Monday at 5:00 am).
The other things notified by the Odisha Government within this circular are:
- The movement of persons will be strictly limited, although goods and good carriers would be allowed.
- Vaccination in government hospitals will continue as it was before the lockdown in all COVID vaccination centres.
- People who want to have COVID testing are allowed to travel but with proper permits and guidelines.
The activities that will remain completely banned during this lockdown extension in Odisha:
- All the public transport buses used for intrastate movement will not be allowed, but essential goods and medical reasons will be taken into account for allowing travelling.
- The government has closed down all the educational, coaching and training institutes. Even business gatherings, trades/fairs etc., are completely prohibited.
- All the entertainment places like cinema halls, gyms, swimming pools, entertainment parks, bars, auditoriums, open-air theatres etc. will not be permitted.
- Beauty parlour, spa, salon, barbershops and other such shops would also remain closed.
- There is a bar on a religious gathering in all the sacred places. Only one or two priests or servitors will be allowed for holy rituals.
- Regarding marriages, the government has set an upper limit of 25 people per marriage. Similarly, only 20 people will be allowed for the funeral and last rites. Following covid-19 safety, protocols are a must in these congregations.
- There is a bar on the inside or outside shooting of any film/TV serial.
The activities that will remain operational even during this lockdown extension in Odisha:
- All the medical services like hospitals, dispensaries, clinics, nursing homes, medical labs, COVID-19 related research labs, vet hospitals etc., are exempted from this lockdown.
- Even the private establishments that provide any covid-19 related assistance like vaccines etc. Will be allowed to operate.
- The manufacturing units of oxygen, medicines, pharmaceuticals, drugs etc. Will remain operational.
- Although there is a restriction on the interstate and intrastate movement by the government, transportation of essential services and ambulances from one place to another. are allowed.
- The government is also pondering the idea of setting up a green corridor for easy facilitation of essential services like covid-19 oxygen cylinders and other assistance.
- Besides the medical sector, the financial industry would also work during the lockdown. The list of financial institutions open during the slow down is RBI and related institutions like NPCI, Payment operators, clearing House facility etc.
- ATMs, Bank branches SEBI and its branches, IRDAI and insurance institutions, NBFCs and Cooperative credit societies would also remain functional. However, preference will be given to online banking.
- Although Odisha Government has been trying to work from home to maintain social distancing, public utilities like railways working under the Government orders, power transmission entities, water sanitation and waste management sectors, telecommunication DTH and cable services would be exempted from lockdown.
- Ration shops providing dairy products, fruits, vegetables, etc., would also remain open from Mon- Friday from 7 am to 11 am, but home delivery would be given preference rather than direct buying.
- Agriculture and related activities like horticulture, seed growing, seed distribution, procurement of pulse and oilseeds etc. Will also remain fully functional.
- There will be a maximum of 50% of workers on a plantation.
- Significant government departments like police, NDRF, FCI, NYKs, IMD would also be working during the lockdown.
- The training activities of police, military etc., would also continue with proper covid guidelines.
The article looked at various details of Odisha lockdown. Since we know that infections are very much deadly, we must ensure our safety by following safety protocols like wearing Mask, maintaining social distance etc.
1st Cases In Andhra, Chandigarh; India’s Omicron Count Now 38: 10 Points
Omicron cases are increasing and there are cases of Covid-19 variant in Delhi, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
There are fresh Omicron patients risen to 38 as 1 each in Chandigarh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
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There was the first case in Nagpur, Maharashtra. A 40-year-old man came back from South Africa via Delhi. He was tested positive at the airport on December 6.There was the 18th case of omicron on December 11 and 12.In Kerala’s Ernakulam, a patient returned from the UK via Abu Dhabi and tested positive for Omicron. Till then, he was home quarantined and his family members and other passengers were home quarantined. A 20-year-old who came from Italy tested positive. A man who returned from Ireland to Andhra Pradesh was tested positive for Omicron. Maharashtra has the maximum number of cases.The ICMR unit in Assam has developed a new testing kit to detect Omicron in two hours.The WHO warned the nations of the Asia Pacific region to boost healthcare capacity and full vaccinate their people.
The Omicron strain is considered to be highly transmissible and it has spread to almost 59 nations.
India’s Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021
Harnaaz Sandhu, a 21 year old from India, represented India at the 70th Miss Universe 2021 which was held at Eilat, Israel.
In 2000, Lara Dutta won the title of Miss Universe.
She was presented the crown by Andrea Meza, the former Miss Universe of 2020 from Mexico which was live-streamed all across the world.
The first runner up was from Paraguay and second runner up was from South Africa.
About the Miss Universe event
In the top three rounds, the contestants were asked what advice would you give to young women watching on how to deal with the pressures they face today?
Harnaaz Sandhu answered this question amazingly. She said the biggest pressure the youth of today is facing, is to believe in themselves. To know that you are unique makes you beautiful. Stop comparing yourselves with others and let’s talk about more important things that are happening worldwide. Come out and speak for yourself, because you’re the leader of your life. You are the voice of your own. I believed in myself and that is why I am standing here today.
Her powerful answer made the beauty top 3 of calling for less talk and more action.
Farmer union to meet the government to decide on further movement
The proposal from the government which addresses the pending issues has been accepted by farmer unions and the farmer union will be meeting the government on Thursday (9th December 2021) at noon.
Farmer union to meet the government and decide further movement
The farmer union, SKM (Samyukta Kisan Morcha) accepted the government proposal which addresses the pending issues of farmers.
It was on Tuesday (7th December 2021) when the central government sent the draft to the farmer union which is a five-member committee. Sources have indicated that once the final draft of the proposal agreed by both the parties is received by the union, the farmers’ protest which started on 26 November 2020 will end.
The issues listed in the draft were Surety on Minimum Support Price, withdrawal of the draft Electricity Amendments Bill, 2020/2021, withdrawal of criminal cases against the farmers, and also compensation for the families of farmers who died during the protest.
The SKM said that they will be meeting the government at Singhu Border on Thursday at noon to come up with a formal decision and later end the protest.