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Odisha govt extends lockdown till 1 June to check Covid surge. What’s allowed, what’s not

The Odisha Government on Tuesday announced to extend the COVID-triggered lockdown in the state for two more weeks to tackle the further spread of the deadly virus.

The government said in a directive, there shall be lockdown throughout the state from May 19th till 5 am of June 1st. There shall be a complete shutdown on weekends, starting 6 pm of Fridays till 5 am of Mondays.

The lockdown was imposed in the state on May 5 and it was slated to continue till tomorrow.

As per today’s order all health services to remain functional during the lockdown.

Odisha’s COVID-19 caseload surged to 6,33,302 on Tuesday after 10,321 more people tested positive for the infection, while 22 fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 2,357, a health department official said.

Accordingly, the number of active cases climbed to 1,04,539, he said.

Of the 10,321 new cases, 5,779 were reported from various quarantine centres and the rest detected during contact tracing, the official said.

Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the maximum number of new cases at 1,566, followed by Sundergarh at 819 and Cuttack at 731.

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