• Odisha: 14-day Lockdown Imposed to Contain Covid Spread

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    The Odisha government on Sunday announced a 14-day lockdown in the state as cases continue to rise sharply. The lockdown will remain in force with effect from May 5 till May 19, 2021, an official order informed on Sunday.

    "There shall be lockdown throughout the state with the effect from May 5 (Wednesday) till 5am of May 19 (Wednesday). However, there shall be a complete shutdown on weekends, starting from 6 pm on Fridays to 5 am on Mondays," the order issued by the Odisha government said, news agency ANI reported.  There are no restrictions on healthcare or other emergency services.

    Odisha has logged 4.5 lakh cases since the start of the pandemic; 10,413 infections were recorded just yesterday, as per the Health Ministry data. 

    "During the lockdown, intra-state movement of individuals by road, except for medical reasons permitted, will be prohibited," the order said.

    Malls, cinema halls, educational institutions, salons will also remain close during the lockdown.

    People will be allowed to purchase essential items within 500-meter radius of their residences between 6 am and 12 pm. During weekends, they will only be able to avail medical services.

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