AGENCIES, Bhubaneswar: The COVID-19 lockdown in Odisha has been extended till April 30, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced on Thursday after a meeting of the state cabinet. Odisha is the first state to extend the lockdown ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s video conference to discuss the lockdown extension.
In a statement after the meeting, Patnaik said Odisha has also urged the Centre to stop train and flight services to the state till April 30. Schools and educational institutions would remain closed till June 17, he said.
According to Union health ministry data, Odisha has reported 42 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far. One person has died in the state due to coronavirus disease.
କରୋନା ମୁକାବିଲା ପାଇଁ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ସରକାରଙ୍କ ପଦକ୍ଷେପକୁ ଆପଣମାନେ ସମର୍ଥନ ଜଣାଇ ଆସୁଥିବାରୁ ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କୁ ଧନ୍ୟବାଦ ଜଣାଉଛି। ଆପଣମାନଙ୍କ ଶୃଙ୍ଖଳା ଓ ତ୍ୟାଗ ହିଁ ଏହି ସ୍ଥିତିର ମୁକାବିଲା ପାଇଁ ଆମକୁ ଶକ୍ତି ଦେଇଛି। ଏହି କଠିନ ସ୍ଥିତିରେ ମଣିଷ ଜୀବନ ଏବଂ ଅର୍ଥନୀତି ମଧ୍ୟରୁ ଆମେ ମଣିଷ ଜୀବନକୁ ଅଧିକ ଗୁରୁତ୍ୱ ଦେଇଛୁ। #OdishaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/OfFJoHaRli
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 9, 2020
With Odisha reporting its first death due to COVID-19 on Tuesday when a 72-year-old retired government servant died in AIIMS Bhubaneswar, the authorities have stepped up surveillance and testing. After Surya Nagar and Bomikhal, the officials added Jadupur, Kapilaprasad, Sundarpada and finally Satya Nagar as containment zones.
Ten villages in Kendrapara district, a gram panchayat in Bhadrak district and a village in Jajpur district have also been declared as containment zones.