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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: As many as 125 persons who were diagnosed with coronavirus recovered from the disease in Odisha on Tuesday, taking the total recoveries to 3988 in the State.

Khurda district reported the highest recoveries of 33 patients, followed by 17 in Puri, 14 in Cuttack, 13 in Mayurbhanj and 10 in Ganjam.

Similarly, nine patients cured of the disease in Keonjhar, 8 in Jajpur, 6 in Nuapada, 4 each in Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur, 3 in Sundargarh, 2 in Bolangir and 1 each in Kandhamal and Malkangiri.

The latest recoveries brought down the active Covid-19 cases in the State to 1,458 while 17 persons have succumbed to the disease so far.

Earlier in the day, as many as 167 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths were reported in Odisha. Both the COVID-19 deaths have been reported from Cuttack district. As per Health and Family welfare department, a 71-year-old male COVID patient and a 53-year-old male person from Cuttack succumbed to the disease.

An 80-year-old male COVID19 patient died due to intestinal obstruction with sepsis and multi-organ dysfunction syndrome. With this, the total number of deaths other than COVID-19 has now reached 7 in the State, informed Health and Family Welfare Department.

Out of the total 167 new COVID-19 cases, a highest of 41 cases were reported from Gajapati district, followed by 30 new cases from Ganjam district, 19 from Jagatsinghpur and 14 from Mayurbhanj district.

I &PR department informed that out of the total 167 new COVID-19 cases, 150 cases were reported from quarantine centres while 17 are local contact cases.

Ganjam district continues to account for the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the State. Ganjam has reported highest 955 COVID-19 positive cases so far in the State, followed by 662 cases in Khurda and 487 from Cuttack district.

Even as all eyes were on Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and Puri district administration amid the rituals of Rath Yatra, the news of a temple servitor testing positive for COVID-19 has rattled many.

Informing about the development, Puri district administration officials informed that COVID-19 tests of 1,143 servitors were conducted on June 22 and all the samples except one have been found negative.

The district administration officials informed that the COVID-19 positive servitor has been shifted to a Covid Hospital before Rath Yatra rituals.

The testing of servitors was done as the Supreme Court had directed the officials of the State government to conduct the same for the servitors to be engaged for Puri Rath Yatra.

Apart from the COVID-19 test, the apex court had also capped the number of servitors and personnel who will be engaged in pulling of the three chariots during Rath Yatra today.

As per SC directive, each Rath (Chariot) shall be pulled by not more than 500 persons. Each of those 500 persons shall be tested for the Coronavirus. They shall be permitted to pull the chariot only if they have been found negative. The number 500 shall include officials and police personnel, the apex court’s order read.

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