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Odisha extends lockdown till June 17

The state government has allowed some relaxations in Nuapada, Gajapati and Sundargarh districts, where Covid cases have drastically reduced in past several days

Bhubaneswar, May 30: Odisha has extended  its lockdown period till June 17 in view of the pandemic situation. The 16-day curbs will come into effect immediately. The state government had earlier imposed a lockdown from May 9 and extended it up to June 1.

Restrictions and relaxations 

There will be restrictions on any kind of gatherings. Weddings and funeral functions will be allowed with the permitted cap as specified earlier in the second phase of the lockdown. Weekend shutdown will also be enforced.The state government has allowed some relaxations in Nuapada, Gajapati and Sundargarh districts, where Covid cases have drastically reduced in past several days.

Traders’ appeal 

Traders and vendors had urged the government to allow reopening of shops or at least increase the relaxation period as they have been facing severe financial distress.  “In our attempt to save lives we must not ignore the livelihood of people. It is good that the government is concerned about saving lives but at the same time there should be some attempt to protect livelihood as well,” said a trader.

Infection curve

The Health Department on Sunday said that the infection curve in the State has crossed its peak and started to decline.
Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department, Pradeepta Mohapatra, said the State has so far witnessed its highest single-day tally in Covid infections on May 22 with the detection of a record 12852 positive cases in a day. 
 Mohapatra explained that a few days ago the daily spike suddenly witnessed a sharp fall because of less testing in the wake of the Cyclone Yaas scare in several districts. 
“But now, even though the testing has been restored to its usual capacity, the districts have reported considerably fewer cases. It means we can conclude that the State has crossed its peak of second Covid wave.
Towards the end of the 16-day lockdown, the situation will be reviewed once again and if more districts exhibit a decline in the trend of Covid cases, phase-wise relaxations will be allowed accordingly in such districts.

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