“After the gap of 19:40 on March 19, Odisha has registered more than 100 new COVID-19 cases and the Odisha government has banned the celebrations of Holi in public place in this year,” an official said. The order comes as COVID-19 cases have increased in Cuttack and Khurda districts. As many as 110 new positive cases were registered in the state on Friday, amounting to 3,38,599, a health department official said.
The state government has said it will not allow Holi rituals to be observed in public places across the state on March 28 and 29. A directive from the Special Relief Commission (SRC) office said that People may celebrate Holi with family members in their houses only and not in any public places including public roads,
The order said, “Dola jatra and religious and cultural circles will not be greeted at public places in the state.” The instruction state that religious practice in temples will continue as before, with strict adherence to the Covid protocol. However, he said that given the local situation, the District Magistrate-cum-Collector and Municipal Commission may impose appropriate restrictions on the entry and celebration of devotees in temples and religious places.
The order also said that Dola Yatra could be allowed by the district or municipal government authorities by strictly following the Covid protection rules under its jurisdiction. Of the 22 new positive cases, 110 have come out of 30 districts in Odisha, a health department official said.
He said there were 64 cases from the quarantine center and the remaining 46 local communications cases. In Cuttack district, a maximum of 20 cases were reported, of which 13 came from private college hostels. The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has closed the college for 10 days.
More than 100 new cases were registered in the state on February 9, when 105 people tested positive for the infection, the official said. Since then, the number of daily new case was in double digits. The number of corona various death in the state has risen to 1,918 since March 13. with no deathIn addition, 53 other COVID-19 patients have died in the state due to coma.