The Odisha government declared a 14-day lockdown in four districts and a municipal corporation region that has recorded over 66 per cent of the total cases. The death toll in Odisha is approaching 80.
Asit Tripathy, the chief secretary Odisha, while addressing the media, declared the new lockdown rules of Odisha.
- The announcement stated that the lockdown would be implemented from 9 pm on July 17th.
- The districts of Khurda, Ganjam, Jajpur, Cuttack and Rourkela Municipal Corporation would be under strict lockdown in which no vehicular movement would be allowed on the roads.
- Lockdown will also be implemented in the Rourkela Municipality area.
“Two-thirds of the active cases are in these four districts and Rourkela. Of the total cases of Sundargarh district, 90 per cent are from Rourkela. Therefore the decision has been taken to impose lockdown in Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack, Jajpur and Rourkela Municipality from 9 pm tomorrow. Though many steps are being taken at the district levels, a decision at the State-level was the need of the hour. July is a very crucial month and to stem the progress of novel Coronavirus infection, the lockdown in these aforementioned places was necessary,” Tripathy stated.