Bhubaneswar: 23/3/20:The Odisha Government has extended the lockdown from 5 districts to 14 districts as a preventive measure to breakdown the chain infection of COVID-19.
A notification in this regard has been issued by the State Health and Family Welfare Department on Monday
Accordingly, the lockdown has been imposed in the districts of Puri, Nayagarh, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Dhenkanal from 7 am of 24 March till 9 pm of 29 March.
Earlier the lockdown was imposed in the districts of Khurda, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kendrapada, Angul and Municipal jurisdictions of Puri, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Jajpur Road, and Bhadrak.
The health department stated that it is imperative to adopt strict social distancing and isolation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, which is wreaking havoc in many countries across the world, including India.
More than 300 people have returned to Odisha from foreign countries and registered themselves in the COVID-19 portal introduced by the state government.
In addition to this, Railway stations and bus stands have been removed from the exempted category for internal transport and eateries located in them. Now Railways and bus transport are completely blocked in the entire state of Odisha.