Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Naveen Patnaik Monday said that there would be zero tolerance toward communalisation COVID-19 cases in the State.

Reviewing the Law & Order situation in the context of Covid 19, the chiel’ minister directed the police to be vigilant and take stringent action against those who are trying to communalise the Covid situation. He warned of zero tolemnee to mischief mongers and asked police to ensure social harmony.

The chief minister also stressed upon seamless movement of goods and essential commodities in the State.

Patnaik, while reviewing the management of Covid 19 situation through video conferencing from his residence, Naveen Niwas, appreciated the efforts taken by Team Odisha Covid19. He emphasized on scaling up of testing facilities across the State. As of now, testing facilities are available at RMRC, AIIMS, both at Bhubaneswar, and SCB at Cuttack. He directed to expedite the process of developing testing facilities at MKCG Berhampur and VIMSAR Burla. All these facilities have limited testing capacities. In order to further improve testing capacity, the chief minister directed for provisions of testing for at least one thousand tests per day by the end of April.
To make the medical team appropriately equipped for tighting the Covid menace effectively, he underlined the need for availability of sufficient number of Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs), and other medical equipments for medical professionals,
The chief minister also reviewed the opening of new Covid hospitals in different parts of the state and asked officials to develop capacity for at least 3000 beds by 15 th of this month in the State.
The meeting was attended by the chief advisor to CMO, R Balakrishna, chief secretary Asit Tripathy, development commissioner, Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, DGP Abhay and other senior officers. The health minister Naba Das joined the review meeting through video conferencing from Jharsuguda.