21 March 2020
Bhubaneswar: In view of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today made a fervent appeal to the people of the State to stay at home.
"My only appeal is to stay at home. If you go out-you risk bringing the virus to your family. Go out only for basic requirements-groceries, food and water, medicines, hospitals," Patnaik appealed.
The Chief Minister reiterated that 4.5 crore people of the State are his family members and he is concerned about the well being of each one.
Patnaik warned that the administration will take tough action on anyone found violating this and risking their lives, their family members and people of the State.
The Chief Minister announced for a near lockdown in 40% of the State-the five districts of Khurdha, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kendrapada, Angul, and the towns of Puri, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Jajpur road and Jajpur town, Bhadrak from 7 A.M. tomorrow till 9 pm of 29th March.
While stating that time has come to take extraordinary step and sacrifice to protect the people of the State, Patnaik revealed that 3,000 people have returned from foreign countries and they have been advised for home quarantine.
He added that the majority of them belonged to the districts of Khurdha, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kendrapada, Angul, and the towns of Puri, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Jajpur road and Jajpur town, Bhadrak.
While pointing out that in the last 60 days the world has changed Patnaik said, "We thought the change is happening in faraway places like China, South Korea but it has reached India now".
Patnaik stated that case numbers are rising in India and we have a very small window to take pre-emptive action.
"There is no cure for this virus. The only cure is prevention. It is only if you go out of your home that you may bring the virus to your home and your neighbourhood. Only through this strategy, China and some countries have reversed the trend. In fact, Wuhan which is the nerve centre has no more infections today. Their hospitals are free. They made people stay at home and come out only for essential services.
Time has come for us to take the extraordinary step and sacrifice, to protect our State and our people," he pointed out.