Odisha Police suspends breath analyser test

Odisha has so far reported one positive novel coronavirus case in the state. The Naveen Patnaik government has imposed restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC

In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, Odisha Police has suspended the use of breath analyser for testing drunk driving on the roads till further orders.

This is the first time the state police has ordered such a move in recent times.

In a letter to District Superintendents of Police (DSPs) and Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs), Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay has directed officials to immediately stop the breath analyser test in accordance with the health guidelines issued by the Odisha government.

Odisha has so far reported one positive novel coronavirus case in the state. The Naveen Patnaik government has imposed restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC.

The government on Tuesday extended the tenure of the regulation in force till April 15 and decided to set up more quarantine facilities in block level.

Authorities in around eight districts in the state imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC. Prohibitory orders were also clamped on Puri and Konark beaches. Berhampur and some other towns witnessed government-sponsored shut down in order to avoid mass gathering.

People in different parts of the state resorted to panic buying essential commodities as the government closed down shopping malls and big outlets where people in large numbers gather.

However, government chief spokesperson Subroto Bagchi said malls are closed to avoid big crowd and social gathering. Schools, colleges and hostels have also been shut across the state.

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