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Odisha Government has extended the lockdown from 5 districts to 14 districts

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.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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