India’s total number of Coronavirus positive cases has reached 5,734, including 5095 active cases, 473 cured/discharged and 166 deaths, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a regular update on Thursday. The ministry said that 17 people have died due to the infection in the last 24 hours.
Odisha has extended the lockdown until April 30. Odisha is the first state to extend the 21-day lockdown that was to end on April 14 to April 30.
Other states are yet to take a call on the extension of the lockdown. The decision was taken following a Cabinet meeting. Following the meeting, Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik addressed the people of the state.
He said that during the ongoing lockdown period amidst the coronavirus crisis, the discipline and sacrifice of the people has provided us with the strength to fight the virus. We have decided to extend the lockdown until April 30, Patnaik also said.
“Educational institutions will remain closed till June 17. Food security of people is of utmost importance. Agriculture, animal husbandry, MGNREGS related activities to be facilitated following social distancing norms,” the state government said. “As earlier, free movement of goods transport will be allowed,” it said.