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Covid: Odisha govt extends lockdown for 16 more days | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government on Sunday announced further extension of the statewide lockdown till 5 am on June 17. In the wake of the second Covid wave, the government had imposed lockdown from May 5 to 14 and subsequently extended it to June 1.
Weekend shutdown on Saturdays and Sundays will continue to remain in force across the state during the lockdown. In view of drastic fall in Covid positive cases in Nuapada, Sundargarh and Gajapati districts in the last few days, the government has decided to increase the current four-hour window of shopping for essential commodities (from 7-11 am) to six hours (7 am to 1 pm) at those places on week days. All types of shops, except saloon, beauty parlours and malls will be allowed to stay open for six hours in Nuapada, Sundargarh and Gajapati.
Until recently, Nuapada and Sundargarh were giving the government headache. The districts bordering Chhattisgarh had witnessed test positivity report (TPR) of an alarming 50%. In the past one week, the TPR in Nuapada, Gajapati and Sundargarh has been hovering between 3% and 9%.
According to the government, the TPR is on a downward slide in 19 districts with positivity rate falling below 5% in five districts. Official data said Khurda, Cuttack, Puri, Angul, Sundargarh, Bargarh, Mayurbhanj and Balasore account for around 60% of the total infections in the state.
“Our state TPR, which was around 26% a few weeks ago, has now come down to 14%. The positivity rate has been steadily declining. We are hopeful of further fall in the TPR during the 16-day extended lockdown. Situation in western and some southern districts has improved significantly. If we notice a drastic fall in Covid positivity rate in different districts, we will partially relax curbs at those places like we have done in Sundargarh, Gajapati and Nuapada,” state chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra said.
During the lockdown and weekend shutdown, all types of emergency and exempted services such as goods transport, agriculture, industrial and banking activities will be allowed to operate.




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