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Suryakant Jena

Berhampur: Despite all attempts to rein in, Covid crisis seems to getting out of control in Ganjam district. In a shocking development, more than 40 people including some staff of Berhampur Circle jail have tested positive for the virus.

Berhampur Municipal Corporation took to social media to share the news in its twitter handle. As per the information, 33 inmates and 10 other staff of the jail have tested positive for Covid-19.

The district medical authorities have said that the infected inmates have been isolated inside the jail and the staff tested positive asked to home quarantine.

Jail Superintendent Kulamani Behera informed that the chief district medical officer has assured to send doctors for routine health check-ups of infected persons inside the circle jail.

Sources said swab samples from 50 inmates and 92 staff were sent for Covid test on July 19.

Ganjam has so far reported a total of 6362 Covid cases after the biggest single-day spike of 371 positives as on July 22. The district accounts for nearly one-third caseload of the entire State.

In terms of the death toll, Ganjam alone accounts for 62 Covid deaths out of the total 108 in the State. It has an active case tally of 2219 while the number of recoveries currently stand at 4076.

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