Odisha has become the first state in India to extend the coronavirus lockdown till April 30. Meanwhile, the state government has also decided to keep the educational institutions closed till June 17. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 14 announced a 21-day lockdown till April 14 in an order to break the chain of coronavirus spread.
As per the report, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that in the wake of the situation arising out of coronavirus, the state government decided to extend the lockdown period till April 30.
He said that “Coronavirus is the biggest threat that the human race has faced in more than a century. Life will not be the same ever. All of us must understand this and face it boldly together. With our sacrifice and with the blessings of Lord Jagannath this too shall pass.”
It was decided during the Cabinet meeting headed by CM Naveen Patnaik. He also recommended the Union Government to extend the national lockdown till then. CM requested the Government of India not to start to train and air services during the lockdown.
According to the information, one lakh rapid testing is being planned as a preventive measure in potential hotspots.