Odisha dist enforces 4-day weekly shutdown as COVID-19 cases surge

Paralakhemundi: In view of the rising COVID-19 cases in Odisha’s Gajapati, the district administration has imposed a 4-day shutdown and 3-day lockdown every week in most parts of the district until further orders.

As per an order of the District Collector, 3-day lockdown from Monday to Wednesday and 4-day shutdown from Thursday to Sunday will be imposed in Kerandi Gram Panchayat (GP), Katalakaitha GP of Gosani Block, Ranipentha GP of Kashinagar Block, Jhammi GP of Gumma Block, all Block Headquarters, Municipal jurisdiction of Paralakhemundi and Kashinagar NAC.

In view of the close proximity of Kerandi GP, Katalakaitha GP, Ranipenta GP and Jhammi GP to the containment zones of Paralakhemundi Municipality, these Gram Panchayats have been included in the lockdown & shutdown. 

Further, the entry and exit points of Block Headquarters, Paralakhemundi Municipality and NAC Kashinagar have been sealed to restrict the movement of people and vehicles until further orders.

During the period, no person shall be allowed to commute to Block Headquarters & ULBs by any means and no Government official shall be allowed to commute to Gajapati district from adjoining districts including Srikakulam district (AP) for duty. Only goods carriers and Medical Emergency vehicles shall be allowed for inter-district/inter-state movement.

Shops dealing with vegetables, grocery, milk, fruit, fish, meat, chicken and egg will be allowed to remain open between 6 am and 1 pm during the lockdown.

During the shutdown, the following restrictions/exemptions will be implemented:

* All economic activities shall remain closed except for medical activities related to medical establishment including hospital, medical shop etc., and delivery of milk.

* The emergency services and transport services communicated by State Government shall be permitted.

* During the shutdown period, the Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) shall take up door-to-door health screening with Infrared Thermometer, Pulse Oximeter and Antigen Kits following due protocols. The RRTs will cover every family members to identify symptomatic cases of COVID-19 and their shifting to COVID Care Homes (CCHs) for isolation and testing.

* No public (visitors) shall be allowed in any public offices.

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