Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik announced on 26th august that all educational institutions will remain closed till the end of Durga Pooja vacations in view of the prevailing corona virus pandemic situation. The announcement was made by the chief minister after reviewing the current situation of the pandemic in the state. Due to the current pandemic situation in the state and keeping in view the concerns expressed by students and parents, it has been decided to close schools and colleges till the end of Durga Puja holidays, Patnaik said in a statement. The five day Durga Pooja festival will be held between October 22 to 26. All educational institutions in the state have been closed from March 17; two days after the state reported its first corona virus case.