Odisha has become the latest in the country to return to lockdown for some of its cities after the government on Saturday declared complete shutdown in Cuttack till July 8 amid rising COVID-19 cases. Under the shutdown, all non-essential shops will be closed and non-essential travel prohibited. Grocery, vegetable and milk shops are allowed to remain open from 5 am to 6 pm but will have to adhere to COVID-19 norms. Cuttack has 116 cases so far of which 92 are active. A one-day lockdown has also been announced by Sambalpur district administration.
Earlier Cheenai had re-introduced lockdown allowing only essential services and neighbourhood grocery shops to function. Chennai had the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu. The state has recorded over 1 lakh cases so far. It was the first city to re-impose a lockdown to curb the rise in infections.
Maharashtra had also reimposed the lockdown till July 31 in hotspot and put restrictions on the non-essential activities and movement of people.
Apart from essential shops, it had however allowed e-commerce activity for essential and non-essential items and home delivery of food.