Odisha declares lockdown from May 5

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    New Delhi (NVI): Odisha government today announced 14-day lockdown starting from May 5 to break the chain of transmission as the state witnesses a spike in coronavirus cases, official said.

    Odisha has logged 4.5 lakh cases since the start of the pandemic; 10,413 infections were recorded yesterday.

    According to the official order, people will be allowed to purchase essential items within 500 metre radius of their residences between 6 am and 12 pm.

    During weekends, they will only be able to avail medical services.

    Last week, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said after a Covid review meet, “We are in the midst of a severe crisis in the country. Many states and metro cities are witnessing a huge strain on the healthcare system. We need to be extremely cautious and alert in ensuring all measures to manage the situation in Odisha.”

    Yesterday, the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi extended the lockdown for a third straight week as the national capital continues to witness a rise in Covid caseload.

    A total of 3,92,488 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours in India, taking the cumulative cases to 1,95,57,457 in the country.

    The country has also registered 3,689 deaths and 3,07,865 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry.