Sources said no measure has yet been put in place to ensure hassle-free movement of critical operational staff to refuel base transceiver stations (BTS) and carry out regular maintenance work.
The feasibility report sought by the State Government for setting up of the laboratory was sent on Wednesday, informed VIMSAR Superintendent Jayashree Dora.
While highest 11,084 persons have come to Ganjam district, 6,442 persons have returned to Balasore and 4,448 and 4,306 persons to Kalahandi and Phulbani respectively.
The sale of burqa is booming in the district with a large number of Muslim women and girls purchasing the outfit to cover their body and face in a bid to prevent contracting the virus.
On Wednesday, two villages, Badabadanga in Chikiti and Baranga in Patrapur block, went into complete lockdown mode.
Around 100 youths from Erasama in Jagatsinghpur district had gone to Pune to work in Sai Samarth Coating, a vehicle colouring factory.
Chief District Medical and Public Health Officer Dr Niranjan Mishra visited 10 rural hospitals to monitor preparedness to deal with the crisis.
The arrests were made after SP Anupama James directed the police administration to strictly enforce the clampdown in the district. Town police also seized the vehicles of the violators.
All the arrested persons had gathered at the house of one Ranjan Palei in Duadia village to participate in the death rituals of the latter’s uncle Kelu Palei.
The pictures of such people were made viral on social media platforms to shame them. Social activist Rajiv Mohapatra lauded the police move.
A senior health official said 7958 staff nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, radiographers, health workers (male and female) doctors as per the requirement will be recruited.
The doctors, nurses and all health personnel across the state will receive their salaries for the months of April, May, June and July in the month of April, Patnaik said in a video message.
Police allegedly did not allow them to go to the hospital in their vehicles though the staff nurses showed their identity cards and requested to let them go for performing their emergency duty.
Most workers who travel in search of livelihood are not registered and hence apprehensive of not getting any Government assistance during the current crisis.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday launched a programme ‘Mo Jiban’ (My Life) and appealed people to take a pledge not to venture out of their houses to combat COVID-19.