2020-07-16 21:22:00

Odisha government announced Thursday that it will be imposing a complete 14-day lockdown in parts of the state starting from tomorrow 9 pm in the wake of rising novel coronavirus cases in certain districts.

“The complete lockdown will be imposed in Ganjam, Khordha, Cuttack, Jajpur district and Rourkela Municipal Corporation area from 9 pm of July 17 to July 31 midnight,” informed State Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy.

During this lockdown, all shops and commercial establishments, offices and institutions shall remain closed and mobility of people will be restricted.

However, shops selling vegetables, groceries and milk will be allowed to remain ope between 6 am to 1 pm.

Only essential services and movement of workers associated with these services and other mentioned by the state government in the order will be permitted during this lockdown.

Those include Defence Central Armed Police Forces, Treasury including Pay & Accounts Offices, Financial Advisers and Field Offices of the Comptroller General of Accounts with bare minimum staff, Central Government offices on emergency duty, Post Offices, Telecom Services including their maintenance offices and movement of associated personnel etc, the state government said in a statement.

All medical establishments including government and private hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, including medicine stores will function during the lockdown as well as movement of ambulance and all medical personnel including doctors and paramedics will be allowed.

Movement of air, sea and rail transport will also be permitted.

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