452 new cases push Odisha's COVID-19 tally to 3,42,224

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(Eds: Updating) Bhubaneswar, Apr 3 (PTI) In view of the spike in COVID-19 cases as Odisha reported 452 new infections on Saturday, the state government decided that night curfew will be imposed in 10 districts from April 5.

The 452 new cases pushed the state's COVID-19 tally to 3,42,224, a health department official said.

Keeping in view safety of public health, Chief Secretary in an order said that the night curfew will be imposed from 10 pm to 5 am in 10 districts - Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nawarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri from April 5.

Odisha has a total of 30 districts.

The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) also announced that the 12th century shrine in Puri will remain closed on Sundays including April 4 for the purpose of disinfection.

Meanwhile, the state during the day registered recovery of 205 patients taking the total number of cured persons to 3,37,635, which is 98.65 per cent of the caseload.

The state's case fatality ratio (CFR) stands at 0.56 per cent while its positivity rate is 3.75 per cent.

Of the 452 new cases, 267 were reported from different quarantine centres, while 185 infections were detected during contact tracing, he said.

Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 77 followed by Sundergarh (75) and Nuapada (71).

The state's coronavirus death toll remained at 1,921 as no fresh fatality was reported since March 30, while 53 patients have died due to comorbidities to date.

Odisha now has 2,615 active COVID-19 cases, which is 0.76 per cent of the caseload.

The state has so far tested over 91 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 26,700 on Friday, while the state's positivity rate stands at 3.75 per cent, he said.

The state government is worried over a number of cases being reported in districts bordering Chhattisgarh, the official said.

While Nuapada reported 71 new cases, Kalahandi registered 29 fresh infections and Bargarh 19.

Odisha's Minister of State for Home, D S Mishra said the districts bordering Chhattisgarh are reporting a high number of cases because many people from these areas had last month attended a mega cricket tournament in Raipur.

The district administrations are keeping a close watch on the people visiting Chhattisgarh, he said.

The state government has inoculated over 2.71 lakh people on Saturday, about 71,000 more than the daily target.

'It is a good sign that people are coming forward to get inoculated. We are ready with the necessary infrastructure and plan to vaccinate 3 lakh people every day once the required number of doses are available.

'We have urged the Centre for more doses so that we can plan the sessions 15 days in advance,' Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, P K Mohapatra said.

Meanwhile, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation Saturday issued a notification restricting the number of people allowed to attend marriage and funeral related gatherings.

'The marriage and related gatherings shall be allowed with a ceiling of 100 persons and funeral and last rites related gatherings shall be allowed with only 50 persons', said a CMC notification, adding that the new guideline will come into effect from Monday.

Apart from restricting the gatherings at marriage and funerals, the CMC has also prohibited gatherings related to promotional activities, conferences and conclaves.

Schools and colleges in Cuttack have also been asked not to make any arrangements for observing annual events and annual functions. PTI AAM RG RG