Khordha Imposes Shutdown After Spike In COVID-19 Cases

After witnessing a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases, the Khordha district administration has imposed a complete shutdown till June 30 in most areas of the district. However, this list excludes the capital city Bhubaneswar, a senior official confirmed.

Khordha Collector Sitansu Rout said that the restriction will remain in force for 16-hours – between 2 pm and 6 am every day. During this time, all shops except medicine stores will remain shut.

The order will be enforced in areas including Khordha, Begunia, Bolagarh, Banapur, Tangi, and Chilika, excluding the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation area, the Collector said. However, people can venture out and buy their essentials from 6 am to 2 pm.

The week-end complete 24-hour shutdown on Saturdays and Sunday will also continue, said Rout.

“We are forced to take this decision as people make crowds in markets and do not maintain social distancing,” the collector said. He also added that the decision was taken to curb the sudden increase in the number of cases witnessed in the district in the last couple of days.

Notably, the first COVID-19 positive case in Khordha was reported on March 15. Currently, the district has 104 active cases while 259 patients have fully recovered.

In a similar move seen earlier this week, the Ganjam district administration imposed a 16-hour shutdown to contain the spread of the virus.

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