The Odisha government has announced lockdown in 5 districts and 8 towns from 22nd March to 29th March (till 9 pm) in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
The five districts are Khurda, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kendrapada, and Angul while the nine cities are Sambalpur, Rourkela, Puri, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Jajpur Road, Jajpur Town and Bhadrak.
“If you go out – you risk bringing the virus to your family. The administration will take tough action on anyone violating this and risking their lives, their family members and people of Odisha,” said Chief Minister.
Odisha government revised its order to restrict the movement of people during the temporary lockdown period. As per the latest order, no private vehicles will be permitted to ply during the lockdown period in five districts and eight towns till March 29.
The lockdown move comes as a precautionary measure as around 3,222 persons from abroad have returned to the State. The returnees mainly belong to these five districts and eight towns. They have been directed to stay in home-quarantine.
As per the government’s order, no public transport services including operation of taxis, autorickshaws and other private vehicles will be permitted during the lockdown period. However, vehicles of establishments engaged in providing emergency services will be exempted from any restrictions. The officials and personnel need to carry valid ID cards and other supporting documents.
Till now, two people have tested positive for coronavirus in the state. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), there are 341 positive cases of coronavirus in the country.
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