Bhubaneswar:23/4/20: Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy announced 60-hour complete shutdown in Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing a scheduled press meet at Geeta Govinda Sadan here this evening, Tripathy Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Balasore, Bhadrak & Jajpur, we have decided to enforce curfew-like shutdown from 10 PM today till 10 AM of April 26.
“In the past five days, 29 COVID-19 cases have been reported and 28 are from Balasore, Bhadrak & Jajpur. We have to move to a higher level of preparedness in these districts,” said the Chief Secretary, adding that aggressive tracing and testing will be done.
He further called upon the people of these districts for cooperation during this shutdown period which would be a curfew-like situation.
Soon after the announcement by the Chief Secretary, Odisha DGP Abhay, in a tweet, appealed the residents of Balasore, Bhadrak & Jajpur districts to observe shut down for 60 hours as announced. “Police will be constrained to prosecute and take other legal action against those violating the shutdown, he added.
The DGP also clarified that during the shutdown period, goods transport passing on NH through these districts for other districts will be allowed free movement.