Bhubaneswar | Jagran News Desk: With a surge in coronavirus cases across the country, the Odisha government on Saturday imposed a night curfew in ten districts -- Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nawrangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri -- of the state from April 5.

Issuing guidelines, the Odisha government said that the night curfew will begin from 10 pm at night and continue till 5 am in the morning, adding that all shops, commercial establishments, malls, offices and public movement will stay restricted during that period.

The state government, however, people engaged in essential activities will be allowed to carry their work during the night curfew, adding that they would require no special pass but would need to carry a travel document or an identity proof.

Odisha has been consistently reporting over 400 coronavirus cases over the last few days. On Saturday, the state reported over 450 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 3.42 lakh. However, the death toll of 1,921 has remain unchanged in Odisha as the state has not reported a fresh fatality since March 30.

Odisha Home Minister DS Mishra has said that cases have been especially rising in districts bordering Chhattisgarh as the locals had recently attended a mega cricket tournament in Raipur. He said that officials are keeping a close watch on the people visiting Chhattisgarh.

The Odisha government is also focusing on increasing the vaccination process in the state. On Friday, it had inoculated more than 2.5 lakh people.

"It is a good sign that people are coming forward to get inoculated. We are ready with the necessary infrastructure and plan to vaccinate 3 lakh people every day once the required number of doses are available," Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, PK Mohapatra said, as reported by news agency PTI.

"We have urged the Centre for more doses so that we can plan the sessions 15 days in advance," Mohapatra added.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma