Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Credit: Twittter

New Delhi: In a first, Odisha government on Thursday announced that it will extend the lockdown till April 30, as COVID-19 cases near the 6,000 mark in India.

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik also requested the Centre to extend the national lockdown and asked not to resume train and air services till April 30. Educational institutes in the state will remain closed till June 17.

A tweet from CMO Odisha said, “Odisha Cabinet headed by CM @Naveen_Odisha decided to extend the state lockdown till April 30th & recommended Union Government to extend the national lockdown till then. CM requested the GoI not to start train & air services during the lockdown.”

So far, Odisha has reported 42 cases with 2 recoveries and 1 death, and all areas where cases were found have been cordoned off.

The announcement comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with CMs and a release suggested that the Centre is mulling to extended the lockdown which was scheduled to get over on April 14.

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