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Will lockdown be extended in Odisha?

14/05/2021 at 12:18 PM

By: Sabyasachi Kundu

Bhubaneswar, May 14: The daily Covid-19 caseload in Odisha continues to be over 10,000 while the state reported 12,390 fresh infections in the past 24 hours. As of Friday (May 14), the state has over one lakh active cases.

Though the Odisha government has imposed a 14-day lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, the state continues to grapple with a high number of positive cases despite the daily recoveries.

There is no decline in daily Covid count after completion of nine days of the lockdown period.

The state is in crisis during the second wave of Covid-19 with around 20 deaths being reported daily. Many experts say the lockdown is the only possible way to check the spread of the deadly virus. The state may see a further extension of the ongoing lockdown.

Here is why.

Excise dept allows collectors to take decision on home delivery of liquor:

On May 13, the Excise Department allowed district Collectors to take the decision on home delivery of liquor when only five days are left for completion of the 14-day lockdown.

The decision came nine days after the lockdown was imposed that is scheduled to end on May 19 if the government doesn’t extend it further.

This indicates that the state is mulling for extension of the ongoing lockdown.

Rural areas witnessing more positive case:

Unlike the first wave of the virus, the second wave of the Covid-19 is affecting rural population in the state. The Corona infection rate in the rural areas has increased by four folds than of the last wave. Moreover, the outskirts of the urban areas are also reporting high daily cases.

According to media reports, people in rural areas who have Covid symptoms aren’t undergoing test and roaming freely on streets spreading the deadly virus.

Experts’ advice:

According to reliable sources the health experts have suggested the state government to continue the lockdown across the state till the daily caseload starts declining. They have also urged the government to continue the lockdown and subsequent restrictions till the end of this month.

However, the state government is yet to take a decision in this regard.

Ban on morning walk in Twin city:

The Commissionerate Police has imposed a complete ban on activities like morning walk, evening walk and cycling in the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar during the lockdown period.

The decision has been taken to prevent crowd on city streets in order to check the spread of the virus.

Yet again, the City police’s decision on banning the activities like morning walk, evening walk and cycling, indicates that lockdown might be extended further.

Needless to mention, the over 1,100 daily positive cases have been reported from the city in the last three days.

(Note: This is an analytic news piece. No such order regarding the extension of lockdown has been issued by the state government so far)

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