Bhubaneswar, Jun 5: Worried over the fact that some people, especially of youth group, are flouting lockdown and shutdown norms, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday said RT-PCR test would mandatorily be done on people moving in crowded places in the capital city in coming days.
“RT-PCR test is being done randomly on people visiting crowded places. Some people are not following lockdown and shutdown guidelines. If the situation persists, corona tests will mandatorily be conducted on people in crowded places in the city,” said BMC Commissioner Sanjay Singh.
Singh said that the State Government has provided 100 oxygen concentrators for distribution to hospitals. The BMC has put in place an app for supplying oxygen to Covid patients in home isolations. People can book oxygen through the app, said Singh.
He informed that the BMC has decided to administer vaccine to students studying abroad through a special system. Students staying in the BMC area can register names through 1929 to get vaccines, he said.
A total of 8,57,330 doses of Covid vaccine have been administered to people in BMC area by June 4. They include 33, 429 health workers and 48, 410 frontline workers. As many as 28,853 frontline workers have been administered the second dose. Similarly, 3,38,463 people in 18-44 years age group have been administered the first dose of Covid vaccine.
Singh, however, expressed happiness that Covid infection has decreased in the city due to imposition of shutdown and lockdown. Over 2,000 beds and 75 ICUs are vacant in Covid hospitals in the city, he said.