COVID-19: Odisha for extension of lockdown till June

Bhubaneswar: Hinting at extension of the COVID-19 lockdown, Odisha  Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das today said that the period of lockdown should further be extended by another one month till June.

Speaking to mediapersons after a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, Das  said during a previous discussion with all Health Ministers, he had expressed his opinion for extension of the lockdown by one month more.

Besides, the Health Minister said the state Government has demanded that other states should conduct COVID-19 test of labourers from Odisha stranded in the respective states before sending them back. Many other states have agreed to this proposal, he added.

The Centre should make transport arrangements for return of the stranded labourers and the proposal is under consideration.  It should also come up with certain guidelines for migrant labourers, the Minister stated.

However, the Health Minister assured that  the situation in Odisha is under control as compared to other states. The Government has kept COVID-19 hospitals ready in all the districts to tackle the situation, in case of a flare up, he asserted. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had also joined the video conference today.

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