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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 cases remained over 400 in Odisha for the second straight day on Saturday with as many as 452 testing positive for the infection in the last 24 hours. The State had reported 461 new cases on Friday.

Of the new cases detected from 28 districts of the State, 267 were reported from quarantine centres while the rest 185 were local transmission cases, informed the State Information and Public Relations Department.

Khordha reported a maximum of 77 cases followed by Sundargarh (75), Nuapada (71), Kalahandi (29), Cuttack (26), Bargarh (19), Jharsuguda (17), Bolangir (15), Ganjam (13), Angul (12), Puri (11) and Sambalpur and Mayurbhanj witnessed each 10 cases.

Khordha has so far reported a total of 53,958 Covid-19 cases till date which included 473 actives cases, 340 deaths and 53,135 recoveries.

With the inclusion of Saturday’s figure, the number of coronavirus cases in the State surged to 3,42,224 which included 2,820 active cases while 3,37,430 patients have been cured or recovered.

The State has so far tested over 91,30,648 samples including 26,700 on Friday. Odisha’s positivity rate stands at 3.75 per cent, a data released by the Health and Family Welfare department stated.

Keeping in view the rapid surge of Covid-19 cases in Odisha, the State government on Friday directed the concerned districts officials to step up vaccination and expand health infrastructures among other measures in their respective areas to deal with the emerging situation.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra has also directed the concerned healthcare authorities to conduct aggressive testing and contact tracing of the infected persons.

On the other hand, amid the rising Covid-19 positive cases in the Capital City, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday reduced the number of participants at marriage ceremonies to 100 while 50 persons will be allowed at funerals. BMC also has imposed restrictions on other social gatherings.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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