Article by Vidushi Aggarwal

A 14-day lockdown has been announced in Odisha between May 5 and May 19 to break the chain of transmission as the state sees a spike in Covid cases like the rest of the country, hit by a devastating second wave. “There shall be lockdown throughout the state with the effect from May 5 (Wednesday) till 5 am of May 19 (Wednesday). However, there shall be a complete shutdown on weekends, starting from 6 pm on Fridays to 5 am on Mondays,” the order issued by the Odisha government said, news agency ANI reported.  There are no restrictions on healthcare or other emergency services. Odisha has logged 4.5 lakh cases since the start of the pandemic; 10.413 infections were recorded just yesterday, as per the Health Ministry data. “During the lockdown, intra-state movement of individuals by road, except for medical reasons and for activities permitted, will be prohibited,” the order said. Malls, cinema halls, educational institutions, salons will also remain close during the lockdown.

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