Bhubaneswar: Coronavirus infection might reach its fourth stage later this month, the Odisha government said, here on Saturday. “In Odisha, Covid-19 infection may reach its 4th stage this month. Maximum infection is apprehended in this month,” said Subroto Bagchi, chief government spokesperson on coronavirus.Also Read - COVID-19 Symptoms in Children is for a Short Duration, Finds Study

Urging people to take maximum precaution during this period, he said adherence to quarantine guideline, Covid-19 protocol and self-restraint were only means to fight this infection. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train Latest News: Anguished Over Maharashtra Govt’s Decision, Passenger Associations Plan to Approach PM Modi For Travel Approval

To control the spread, a two-day weekend shutdown started in 11 of the 30 districts with high Covid-19 cases. The shutdown on Saturdays and Sundays will continue in these districts till the end of month. Also Read - Do Kids Need To Be Vaccinated To Attend School? This Is What WHO Has To Say

Only essential services are allowed in the 11 districts – Ganjam, Puri, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore and Bolangir.

Meanwhile, the state government warned of action against the people returning from abroad for not responding to calls from 104 or the state call centre.

“All foreign returnees should cooperate and take calls on their registered numbers from 104/state call centre. Keeping phones in switched off mode or non-acknowledgement of calls will be viewed as jumping of home quarantine and liable to be prosecuted as per penal provisions,” said the health department.

Odisha has reported 2,781 Covid-19 cases. While 1,716 patients have recovered, eight people died.