Bhubaneswar:18/7/20: As the 14-day complete lockdown came into force since 9 PM on Friday night in the four districts of Ganjam, Khordha, Cuttack and Jajpur and the municipal limits of Rourkela in Sundargarh district, police personnel today intensified checking at various street junctions in these places.
Policemen were seen strictly monitoring movement of vehicles and only those having valid passes were being allowed.
While most of the roads wore a deserted look, shops and establishments remained closed barring those selling essentials like groceries and vegetables, and medicines.
However, there were some violators who were fined by the police, reports said.
A source in the police that strict checking will continue till July 31 when the lockdown would end.
Worth mentioning, Odisha was in the process of calibrated unlocking after lockdown of about 70 days to contain the spread of COVID-19. However, it has failed with the surge in COVID-19 cases in July after a brief respite in June forcing the government to go for a similar strict measure.
Earlier, the government had kept the State under lockdown for 70 days from March 22 till May 31.
The government imposed lockdown in the four districts of Ganjam, Khordha, Cuttack, and Jajpur and municipal limits of Rourkela city in the Sundargarh district as 66% of the new COVID-19 positive cases identified in the State recently have been detected from these areas.
The government has planned to use the lockdown period for active surveillance, testing, and tracing of persons infected with COVID-19.