Odisha government declares 14-days lockdown from May 5 amid rising COVID-19 cases in the state

Odisha government declares 14-days lockdown from May 5 amid rising COVID-19 cases in the state
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The Odisha government on Sunday declared a 14-day lockdown in the state from May 5 to contain the spread of COVID-19, an official order said. Barring weekends, essential commodities would be available on all other days during the two-week-long lockdown, the order issued by Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra said.

"There shall be lockdown throughout the state with effect from May 5, 2021 (Wednesday) till 5 am of May 19, 2021 (Wednesday)," the order stated.

People will be allowed to purchase essential items within 500 metre radius of their residences between 6 am and 12 pm, according to the official order.

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During weekends, they will only be able to avail medical services.

The order further said that the lockdown and the weekend shutdown will not be applicable to any poll-related work, such as movement of personnel engaged in facilitating by-election to Pipili assembly constituency.

Polling in Pipili is scheduled to be held on May 16.

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"The lockdown is primarily aimed at regulating movement of common people. No restriction has been imposed on goods carriers," the order said.


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