Bhubaneswar: To keep COVID-19 at bay, to limit the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic, the Odisha state government has ordered a week-long lockdown of 5 districts and 8 major towns of the state, including state capital Bhubaneswar.
Odisha has recorded two cases of Covid-19 so far. Both the patients are undergoing treatment in separate hospitals at Bhubaneswar. In the country, 315 people have been found to have contracted the disease. As the numbers of positive cases are increasing all over the country, the time has come to take extraordinary steps to protect our state and people. For the next seven days, starting from 22 March to 29 March, a complete lockdown will be observed from 7 am until 9 pm in Khordha, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Angul districts as well in the towns of Puri, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore and Jajpur road.
Hospitals and clinics, pharmacies, grocery shops, vegetables, meat, milk shops, and takeaway restaurants or home deliveries will be allowed. Airport, railways, bus stand and essential services are exempted from lockdown.
The state of Odisha is virtually inching towards a week-long lockdown as citizens stayed indoor from 7 am to 9 pm yesterday (Sunday) on behalf of the 14-hour long voluntary Janata curfew. However, streets across Odisha wore a deserted look as markets and business establishments remained closed day long. Let our country assess its abilities to fight the pandemic, let us all be a part of this week-long lockdown, let’s break the chain and contain the spreading of Coronavirus.