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Rashmi Ranjan

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to provide better health care facility to doctors, health workers and Covid warriors, the Odisha government on Wednesday designated Aditya Aswini Hospital for the treatment of all frontline workers.

In a letter to the Directorate of Medical Education & Training (DMET) and Directorate of Health Services (DHS), Rajesh Kumar Agarawala, the deputy secretary of Health and Family Welfare department has asked to make the provisions at the earliest.

"After careful consideration, on priority basis the government is pleased to designate the Aditya Ashwini Covid-19 Hospital for the treatment of doctors and Covid-19 warriors," the letter read.

Earlier on October 18, the Odisha government had announced to provide Rs 50 lakh compensation to the families of COVID Warriors who died on duty in the State.

Meanwhile, Odisha on Wednesday reported a single-day spike of 868 new coronavirus infections. With this the COVID-19 tally in Odisha went up to 3,10,920 today. Of the fresh cases, 502 are from quarantine, while 366 are local contact cases.

As per government data, the death toll has jumped to 1575 with 15 more fatalities in the last 24 hours – 3 from Sundergarh, 2 from Sambalpur, 2 from Subarnapur, 2 from Gajapati while one each succumbed in Khordha (Bhubaneswar), Balasore, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Koraput, Mayurbhanj districts.

Odisha also crossed the three lakh Covid recovered cases on Tuesday. So far, 300474 patients have recuperated from the disease in Odisha, while the active case count stands at 8818. A total of 45,455 samples were tested in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative tests to 5376393 in Odisha.

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