Lockdown Odisha for a week long starting from today

Lockdown Odisha for a week long starting from tomorrow

From 22 March 2020 until 29 March 2020 a complete lockdown will be observed from 7am until 9pm in Khurdha, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kendrapada and Angul districts and the towns of Puri, Rourkela Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Jajpur road and Jajpur town and Bhadrak.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik released a video explaining the urgent need for such a measure. The numbers of positive cases were rising in India, and there was a very small window to take pre-emptive action. “There is no cure for this virus.

The only cure is prevention...Time has come for us to take the extraordinary step and sacrifice, to protect our state and our people. I humbly request you to stay at home and come out only for basic services,” he said.

Hospitals and clinics, pharmacies, grocery shops, vegetables, meat and milk shops, bakeries (won’t be allowed sell hot tea or other beverages) and restaurants for takeaways and home deliveries will be allowed.

Only public transport will be allowed - Railway stations, bus stands, and airports will remain open. Pension and PDS distribution in these five districts and eight towns are being postponed for the time being.

The lockdown applies to all private companies, however, production and manufacturing units that require continuous process ill be allowed after obtaining permission from the collector. As will manufacturing units engaged in the production of essential commodities. 

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