Odisha modifies home isolation order

Bhubaneswar, Feb 27 (PTI):
The Odisha government on Saturday said week-long home isolation will be mandatory for people coming by plane or train from five high-risk states even as 86 new COVID-19 cases pushed the tally to 3,37,104, a health department official said.
Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, PK Mohapatra in a partial modification to the instructions issued to district authorities and others, has clarified that at present the precautionary measures may be limited to passengers coming from five high-risk states instead of 12 states named earlier.
The week-long home isolation will be mandatory for the people coming by train and flight from five high risk states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
The situation is under watch and surveillance is going on strictly, Mohapatra said, adding that the government may later include other states in the category of high-risk states in future if the situation so warrants.
He said the seven day mandatory home isolation for arrivals from the five high-risk states can be dispensed with for asymptomatic passengers who have an RT-PCR negative report (done not more than 72 hours before boarding) or a COVID Vaccination Final Certificate. The state government had made 7- day home isolation mandatory for the people coming from the 12 states – Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Punjab, Delhi, Chandigarh, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh – to the state. Meanwhile, Odisha reported 86 new COVID-19 cases in 21 districts.
Sundergarh district reported the highest of 10 new cases followed by Khurda and Sambalpur (9 each). Dhenkanal district has become the COVID-19 free as no active cases existed in its jurisdiction. The state currently has 673 active cases, while 3,34,463 patients have recovered from the highly infectious disease.

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