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Odisha declares Coronavirus as ‘disaster’; Sanctions Rs 200 crore for prevention

13/03/2020 at 12:09 PM

Bhubaneswar, Mar 13: The State Cabinet which met this morning declared Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) as a ‘disaster’ for the State under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005 to adequately empower our public officials to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The government on Friday declared Coronavirus a State Calamity and directed to shut all educational institutes, cinema halls till March 31.

An amount of Rs 200 crore has been earmarked to augment the Public Health Response Fund to combat the threat of the pandemic and for making required expenditure.

An Empowered Group of Ministers has been constituted and a Committee of Secretaries under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary to be constituted under chairmanship of Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy to evaluate the emerging situation and take all necessary steps for preventing, containing the spread of COVID-19 in the State.

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