Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government today declared lockdown in all 30 districts across the state with effect from midnight today to prevent spread of the outbreak of deadly coronavirus. The decision was taken after Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy held a meeting with all district Collectors this morning.
The lockdown will remain in force till March 29, informed Odisha Government’s Spokesperson on COVID19 Subroto Bagchi at a press meet today.
Earlier yesterday, the Government had extended the COVID-19 lockdown from earlier five to 14 districts across the state. However, private organisations working in coordination with the Government in fighting the deadly virus will function. Besides, banks and ATMs will continue their operations with 10 per cent of their total workforce as per the Government advisory issued to them earlier.
Besides, petrol pumps, milk shops, bakeries, vegetable and fruit shops, grocery shops will remain open during lockdown period. People violating the lockdown norms will be prosecuted as per the law, said Bagchi.