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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Covid-19 cases surged further in Odisha on Friday when 234 persons tested positive for the infection in the last 24 hours, informed the State I&PR Department.

Of the total positives, 139 were detected in quarantine centres while the rest 95 are local transmission cases.

Nuapada reported the maximum 33 cases which was followed by Khordha (32), Cuttack (29), Bargarh (24) and Kalahandi (17). While Sundargarh and Bolangir recorded 15 cases each, Sambalpur reported 11 cases.

On Thursday, the State's Covid-19 figures had crossed the 200 mark after a gap of over two months when 214 persons had tested positive for the virus. The urgency of the situation was felt when a student from the Kendriya Vidyalaya in the Capital City tested positive for the infection which was followed by three more cases at the Ravenshaw University in adjoining Cuttack.

With the inclusion of Thursday’s figures, the cumulative infected cases in the State has gone up to 3,39,694. Odisha now has 1,313 active cases while 3,36,409 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 89,20,471 samples for Covid-19 tests including 28,662 on Thursday. Odisha’s positivity rate stands at 3.81 per cent, a data released by the Health and Family Welfare department said.

Meanwhile, amid the growing cases of coronavirus in the State, the Special Relief Commissioner today issued a notification which prohibited congregations in public places during Good Friday, Easter, Pana Sankranti/Jhamu Jatra, Danda Jatra and Sriram Navami.

However, religious rituals in churches, temples and other places of worship will continue with limited people and with strict adherence to Covid protocols.


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