Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a lockdown in 40 per cent of Odisha including five districts, seven major towns and the capital city Bhubaneswar as the fight to contain COVID-19 enters a decisive stage. The lockdown will be effective from 7 am on 22nd March to 9 pm on March 29.
The districts which will observe a complete lockdown are Khurdha, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kendrapada and Angul. Similarly, Puri, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Jajpur Road, Jajpur Town and Bhadrak will be totally shut down.
All distribution of benefits such as pension and PDS will be postponed for the time being in the five districts and eight towns. However, flights, trains, buses, other public transport and essential services are exempted from the lockdown.