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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Covid-19 single-day spike in Odisha continued to breach 100 mark for the fifth time in last 6 days when 170 people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

Importantly, Nuapada, which had reported 4 positive cases on Tuesday, witnessed the maximum surge with 27 people testing positive in the last 24 hours.

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However, the death toll due to coronavirus remained unchanged at 1,919 as no fatalities have been reported since Monday. A total of 53 other Covid-19 infected patients have died in the State due to comorbidities, informed the State Health and Family Welfare Department.

With the inclusion of Wednesday's figures, the total infection in the State has gone up to 3,39,246. Odisha now has 1,008 active cases while 3,36,266 patients have recovered from the disease so far, said the State I&PR Department.

Of the 170 positives reported on Wednesday, 99 were detected in quarantine centres while the rest 71 are local transmission cases.

Nuapada district with 27 cases was followed by Cuttack and Bhubaneswar where 23 fresh cases each were reported while Sundargarh district registered 22 cases during that period.

Earlier on Tuesday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik held a review meeting with all district Collectors, superintendents of police (SPs) and other stakeholders via video conferencing and asked the State police to give special attention to enforcing Covid appropriate behaviour in public places, especially in market places, religious institutions and wedding venues. He also emphasised on awareness, enhanced surveillance and testing in order to prevent the outbreak of a second wave of Covid-19.

On the other hand, the Malkangiri district administration ordered seven-day mandatory home isolation for people coming to the district. Anganwadi workers, panchayat executive officers, (PEOs), sarpanchs have been directed to collect the travel history of returnees and maintain a database.

The district administration had also earlier clamped night curfew as a preventive measure to check the spread of coronavirus. The night curfew will remain in force in Malkangiri from 9 pm to 6 am between 23 March and 31 March.

The Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) last night issued an order imposing new restrictions for gathering at weddings and funerals. As per the order, while a cap of 200 guests has been fixed at wedding venues, not more than 50 people are allowed at funerals.

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