Khurda: Following a sudden spurt in COVID-19 cases, Khurda collector Sitanshu Kumar Rout on Tuesday declared additional shutdown in Khurda sub-division from 2 pm to 6 am every day till June 30.
The collector said that the order will be enforced in areas including Khurda, Begunia, Bolagarh, Banapur, Tangi and Chilika with immediate effect. Only medicine shops and petrol pumps will remain open during this period. Construction and other industry work will also be allowed.
“People have been flouting social distancing norms and crowding markets. The decision was taken to prevent such violations and contain the spread of the virus,” the collector said.
He, however, said that people can buy essential items from 6 am to 2 pm daily during the shutdown.
The decision regarding areas under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation will be taken by the authorities concerned, he added.
Khurda has so far reported 369 COVID-19 cases and 259 among them have been cured. The virus has claimed four lives in the district.