Odisha Government on Thursday extended the COVID-19 lockdown till April 30, becoming the first state to do so. The closure of educational institutions was extended until June 17. The decision was taken during the state’s cabinet meeting held via video conference earlier today.
A nationwide 21-day lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi till April 14 in the wake of COVID-19 spread. Odisha Cabinet also recommended the Union Government to extend the lockdown.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has also requested Centre not to start train and air services till April 30. A record of one lakh rapid testing is being planned as a preventive measure in potential hotspots, an official release said.
So far, Odisha has reported 42 positive COVID-19 cases. Two people have been cured/discharged or migrated while one death has been reported.
The total number of positive COVID-19 cases rose to 5,734 on Thursday, including 5,095 active cases, while 472 people have either been cured or discharged. So far, 166 deaths have taken place, as per the Health Ministry.