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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Odisha on Thursday reported 214 fresh Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day spike in the last two months in the State.

Of the 214 positives, 126 were detected in quarantine centres while the rest 88 are local transmission cases. With 33 new cases, Khordha reported the maximum number of infection today followed by Sudargarh (27 cases), while Bolangir and Cuttack each reported 20 cases.

With the inclusion of Thursday's figures, the cumulative infected cases in the State has gone up to 3,39,460. Odisha now has 1,151 active cases while 3,36, 337 patients have recovered from the infection so far, said the State Health and Family Welfare Department.

As many as 170 people had tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, the health department had stated.

With the increase in Covid-19 cases across the State, district administrations have started imposing night curfew in their respective regions as a measure to prevent the outbreak of a second wave. After Malkangiri, the Nabarangpur district administration on Wednesday decided to impose night curfew from March 25 between 8 pm and 6 am.

Meanwhile, a student at the Kendriya Vidyalaya-1 in Bhubaneswar tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. Vice-principal of the school Upendra Singh informed that the student's father had earlier tested positive for the virus.

On the other hand, the Ravenshaw University authorities have postponed the examinations for Under Graduate (UG) and Post-graduate (PG) students scheduled for today. The decision was taken following the detection of two Covid-19 positive cases in the varsity, informed Examination Controller Trilochan Mishra.

Similarly, 45 students had tested Covid positive at Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), a leading management school in Bhubaneswar. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) have sealed the campus in order to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Last night, a village in Nuapada district which borders Chhattisgarh, reported 27 cases, raising fears about the inroads the virus has made into the rural pockets of the State even as the urban centres struggle to contain the second round spread.

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