Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Covid-19 cases surged further in Odisha on Monday when 208 persons tested positive for the infection in the last 24 hours, informed the State I&PR Department.

The State also reported one death with the demise of a 35 years old male Covid positive patient of Kalahandi district. He was also suffering from diabetic keto-acidosis with chronic kidney disease. With this the death toll reached 1921 due to Covid-19 in the State.

Of the total positives, 122 were detected in quarantine centers while the rest 86 are local transmission cases.

Nuapada reported the maximum 36 cases which was followed by Khordha (33), Bargarh and Kalahandi (22 each) and Cuttack (15).

With the recent figures, the cumulative infected cases in the State has gone up to 3,40,402. Odisha now has 1,737 active cases while 3,36,691 patients have recovered from the infection so far, said a release issued by the State I&PR Department.

The State has so far tested over 90,01,450 samples for Covid-19 tests including 26,355 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, people across Odisha celebrated ‘Holi’–the festival of colours amid Covid-19 restrictions.

With a surge in Covid-19, the Odisha government has restricted Holi celebrations in the State anticipating that the festival has the potential to cause the virus to spread.

People were found playing Holi with ‘abira’ of various colours with family members at home and not at public places including the roads.