New Delhi: The Odisha government on Thursday announced a 60-hour complete lockdown, sealing three districts – Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur – that reported fresh cases of the deadly coronavirus. The complete shutdown will be observed from 10 PM tonight till April 26. Also Read - Rajasthan Government Announces Complete Lockdown From May 10 to May 24 Amid COVID Cases Surge
During this period, there will be a curfew-like situation and no person will be allowed to come out of house during the period. However, emergency services like selected medicine shops will be allowed. Also, goods transport passing on national highways through these districts for other districts will be allowed free movement. Also Read - Mumbai to Open Drive-in Vaccination Centres in Several Areas. Check List
At least four persons – including a 48-year-old female, 70-year-old female, 80-year-old female and a 21-year-old male – tested postive for COVID-19 in Odisha’s Jajpur district, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 87. Also Read - CM Yogi Issues Fresh Instructions, Tasks Team-9 To Ensure All-Round Effort To Tackle Covid 2.0
While testing will be increased three times in the three listed districts, the government will take possible measures, including contact tracing, to detect other positive cases.
Of the 87 cases reported in the state so far, 53 are active patients and 33 have recovered. One person, a 72-year- old man from Bhubaneswar, succumbed to the disease on April 6.
So far, Khurda district, of which Bhubaneswar is a part, has reported the maximum number of cases at 46, followed by Jajpur at 12, Bhadrak at 11 and Balasore at eight.
With inputs from agencies