The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has extended the city’s weekend shutdown to July 8 following a spike in the COVID-19 cases in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. In a notification, the CMC announced that all shops dealing in non-essentials will be closed and travelling without purpose will be prohibited.

Essentials such as grocery, vegetables, milk and medicines will be easily available to the Cuttack residents. Essential services like electricity and water supply will also be available despite the shutdown.

As the city fights coronavirus pandemic, two of its major hospitals — Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC) and SCB Hospital — have turned into hotspots of COVID-19 infection.

The AHRCC reported 38 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, while SCB Hospital recorded six new cases.

On Thursday, the AHRCC had recorded as many as 55 positive cases, while 11 cases were reported from the SCB Hospital.

The first case of novel coronavirus was reported at the ARHCC from Ganjam district on June 24, following which two nurses of the hospital found infected on June 30. The nurses had come in contact with the infected patient.

The virus continued to spread from thereon as six more patients, one attendant and one AHRCC staff tested positive for COVID-19 the next day.