3 min read.Updated: 15 Jul 2021, 06:25 PM ISTLivemint
The Odisha government has allowed the movement of passenger buses, and barbershops and beauty parlours to resume business
The Odisha government today extended the partial lockdown across the state till 6 am on 1 August. This is for the fourth time in the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that Odisha has extended the lockdown.
Speaking to reporters, Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra said that the partial lockdown was extended as the pandemic situation has not yet come under "complete control".
The lockdown, which was to end on Friday, was imposed in the coastal state on 5 May.
Mohapatra added, "The daily test positivity rate (TPR) of Odisha, which was 5 per cent on July 1, has now come down to below 3%. The number of daily infections has also come down to 2,000 from 3,000 reported earlier this month.
"It means the situation has not fully improved."
On the lifting of some Covid-19 curbs, Mohapatra said, "The government in a bid to strike a balance between life and livelihood has announced some relaxations."
What's allowed and what's not:
The state government has allowed the movement of passenger buses, and barbershops and beauty parlours to resume business.
Although gyms have been allowed to operate, schools, colleges, coaching centres, and religious establishments will remain closed till 1 August.
As many as 25 people can attend a marriage ceremony, while 20 people can remain present at a funeral.
Parks, shopping malls, cinema halls will remain closed and exhibitions, jatras (popular folk theatre) and fairs will not be allowed during the partial lockdown.
Odisha has allowed indoor and outdoor shootings for films and serials across the state with strict adherence to the coronavirus protocols.
Announcing the graded relaxations, the chief secretary said, the districts have been divided into two categories Category A and Category B.
While 20 districts under Category A are located in the western and southern regions of the state, the remaining 10 coastal districts are in Category B, he said.
The chief secretary said the rate of infection in districts like Khurda, Cuttack, and Puri is very high.
Of the 2,000 daily cases being reported now, around 70 to 80 per cent of them are in the 10 Category B districts
Khurda district, comprising the state capital, reports around 40 per cent of the new cases.
In Category A districts, shops will be allowed to remain open from 6 am till 8 pm on all days.
The relaxation will be applicable between 6 am and 5 pm in Category B districts, he said.
The districts under Category A are Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Nuapada, Sonepur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Rayagada, Angul, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar.
The Category B districts are Khurda, Puri, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Balasore, Bhadrak, and Mayurbhanj.
The night curfew will remain in force in all 30 districts of the state while the weekend shutdown is to be imposed only in Category-B districts.
The night curfew in Category B districts will be from 5 pm to 6 am.
However, the weekly and daily markets will remain closed for the next two weeks in Category-B districts, he said.
The chief secretary further said buses will be allowed to ply in all districts of the state except in Puri (till July 25 due to Ratha Jatra).
While there is no time limit for operating buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws can move only outside the curfew hours.
Meanwhile, Odisha's coronavirus caseload mounted to 9,47,859 after 2,110 more people tested positive for the infection, while 66 fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 4,861 on Thursday, a health department official said.
Of the 2,110 new cases, 1,213 were reported from quarantine centres, and the rest detected during contact tracing, the official said.
Five districts logged more than 100 fresh cases each.
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