Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Monday announced extension of lockdown by 16 more days i.e. from today till June 17 in order to further contain the spread of Covid infection in the State. The second phase of the lockdown was to end at 5 am on June 1.
The weekend shutdowns will continue as usual starting 6 pm of Fridays till 5 am of Mondays. However, vaccination and testing for Covid-19 will continue as per the protocols laid out by the State Health Department at designated centres.
"Due to Covid lockdown restriction in the last one month, the positivity rate of the virus infection has come down to 26% to 14%. In many western Odisha districts, the infection level has come down sharply," said Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra while announcing the extension of the lockdown on Sunday.
"Towards the end of the 16-day lockdown, the situation will be reviewed once again and if more districts exhibit a decline in the trend of Covid cases, phase-wise relaxations will be allowed accordingly in such districts," he had said.
As lockdown 3.0 begins today, let's have a look at how some places followed the first day of the lockdown.