Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet on Thursday decided to recommend the Centre for an extension of the ongoing 21-day lockdown period for another fortnight till April 30 to prevent community transmission of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also decided to extend the closure of educational institutions till June 17. The meeting was held through video conferencing.
“During ongoing lockdown period amid novel Coronavirus crisis, your discipline and sacrifice has provided us the strength to fight coronavirus. We have decided to recommend the Centre to extend the lockdown period in Odisha till April 30. We have suggested the Centre to shut rail and air services till April 30 in view of COVID-19 pandemic. Government has also decided to close all schools and other educational institutions till June 17,” said Patnaik in a video message after chairing the Cabinet meeting.
The ongoing 21-day lockdown was scheduled to end on April 14.
The Cabinet has approved a total of nine proposals. For the first time, Cabinet meeting was conducted via video conferencing where Chief Minister Patnaik chaired the meeting from his residence – Naveen Niwas.