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Tara Ranjan Patnaik, CMD of Falcon Group

At a time when Odisha has put up a dogged face to fight the grim Coronavirus, a global pandemic, ace industrialist Tara Ranjan Patnaik(Angel in Distress) has pledged Rs one crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF). Patnaik, one of the largest seafood exporters and a multi-faceted entrepreneur cum philanthropist has yet again shown his munificence in the face of a colossal crisis.

Incidentally, Patnaik(Angel in Distress) is the first business magnate in Odisha to have contributed generously to combat a deepening global health crisis.

Patnaik’s(Angel in Distress) magnanimous gesture is bound to show the way for other business leaders of his milk and newbie entrepreneurs to come forward and support the Odisha government’s resolve to root out the contagion.

He has made s humble appeal to all business honchos and entrepreneurs to contribute graciously to CMRF and stand united in this moment of unprecedented crisis. Business leaders of Patanaik’s stature are exemplary in their words and deeds. Indeed, he serves as the unending font of inspiration for all and sundry-form the CEO seated in his corner office in a swanky tower the man on the street struggling daily to fend for his family.

Only yesterday Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik contributed his three months’ salary to CMRF to fight COVID-19. Previously, the state government had committed Rs 200 crore to the Public Health Response Fund, acknowledging COVID-19 as a state disaster.

Identifying social distance as the only effective measure to combat Coronavirus, the state government has announced that all educational institutions would be shut till March 31, 2020, except for conducting examinations.

Official gatherings like seminars, workshops and conferences are to be cancelled. Local authorities will regulate social gatherings and religious congregations. Cinema halls, swimming pools and gyms are to be closed till March 31, 2020.

“The experience of China, Singapore and Italy has given us learning on what to do and what not to do. I must confess the entire world is on a learning curve about handling this disaster”, the Chief Minister had said.

The state’s health & family welfare department and its directorates, as well as collectors and municipal commissioners, have been authorized to go for emergency procurement of necessary drugs and consumables, equipment and other required services as necessary to prevent, contain and mitigate COVID-19.

A notification issued by the state health & family welfare department mandates all hospitals to have COVID-19 corners for screening suspected cases.

During the screening of such cases, all hospitals are required to record the travel history of the persons affected by Coronavirus.

If the person has any such travel history to the affected areas in the last 14 days and is asymptomatic, she or he must remain under home quarantine for 14 days from the day of exposure.

Any person or institution is debarred from disseminating any information on print, electronic or social media regarding COVID-19 without approval from the Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET), Directorate of Health Services or the district collector.

Moreover, the competent officers have been authorized to impose required restrictions on assemblies, congregations, institutions and establishments aiming at social distancing to contain the spread of the disease by invoking powers under ‘Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973’.

Odisha has hitherto recorded two positive cases of COVID-19. The health condition of the two patients is reported to be stable and they are fed with a normal diet by hospitals.

As many as 3861 persons have been registered through 104 Helpline and portal. 45 persons are in Hospital Isolation.

The State Government has given orders that employees who feel unwell due to symptoms of Novel Corona Virus should leave the workplace and avail home quarantine for a period of 14 days.

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