Partial Lockdown in Cuttack from May 3
Stores and business enterprises in Cuttack will remain shut from 2 pm every day starting May 3 as the city undergoes a partial lockdown. Post 2 pm, only medicine stores and other essential services will be allowed to operate in the city. These restrictions have been imposed for 15 days till May 18.
The recommendation of a partial shutdown was submitted to Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) by the trader associations. Considering the surge in Covid cases in the city, CMC approved this recommendation.
Ananya Das, the CMC Commissioner said, “Considering the abrupt spike in COVID-19 positive cases in the city in the last couple of days, several trader associations presented a proposal to the CMC for a citywide lockdown which the latter accepted.”
Bijay Mahapatra, the Director of Health Services, had warned that community transmission is a worry in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Yesterday, Cuttack reported 286 new cases, out of which 137 were local contact cases.
“The number of cases in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack is increasing as many people are coming to the city from different places. One person can infect many others. As there are many returnees in the Bhubaneswar and Cuttack from outside the state, the number of cases is increasing in the two places. One positive person is infecting multiple persons. Hence the cases are increasing,” Mahapatra had said earlier.
Recently, the administration of Ganjam also imposed a similar shutdown of shops and businesses from 2 pm to 5 am that will apply till May 9. The decision was taken after recommendations from associations of merchants and vendors.
Notably, the Odisha government is considering imposing a week-long complete lockdown in Covid affected regions including Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and western Odisha.