Bhubaneswar: Dhenkanal district administration on Thursday declared weekend shutdown across the district till July end to control the spread of Coronavirus.
District collector Bhumesh Chandra Behera imposed weekend shutdown in the district on all Saturday and Sunday till July 31.
According to a notification issued by the collector, more than 10,000 migrants have returned to Dhenkanal from different parts of the country and abroad.
A majority of these returnees have been discharged after completion of their institutional quarantine period.
While the persons who are in close contact with the returnees are apprehended to be positive, the district administration also apprehends that persons who come from adjacent highly vulnerable districts (zone-1) may be carriers and transmit COVID-19 to other healthy people due to their active exposure.
Dhenkanal district has 80 positive cases so far. Out of this, 26 are active cases and 56 have recovered.