India, March 31 -- Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has appealed people not to overburden women by asking them to cook multiple times during the day as the state remained under the 21-day lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Conveying Patnaik's message on Monday, Odisha's Covid-19 spokesperson Subroto Bagchi said the lockdown is not a time to ask women to cook food three times a day and enjoy the days as holidays.

"People should limit the number of their food. It is already summer and they should not be confined to the kitchen all the time. It is not a time to overburden the mothers, wives, sisters and sisters-in-law," Bagchi said at a media briefing on Covid-19 updates.

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