573 new cases push Odisha's COVID-19 tally to 3,43,268, night curfew in 10 districts from Monday

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Bhubaneswar, Apr 5 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally Monday mounted to 3,43,268 after 573 more people tested positive for the infection, the highest single-day spike this year, a health department official said.

The new cases were detected in 28 of the state's 30 districts, with 337 cases reported from different quarantine centres, while the remaining 236 were local contact cases, he said.

Khurda district of which the state capital Bhubaneswar is a part reported the highest 96 cases followed by Sundergarh (80) and Nuapada (60).

Director of Health Service Dr Bijay Panigrahi said all those entering Odisha from Chhattishgarh in border districts will have to undergo COVID-19 testing. The government has already issued directions to all the border district authorities in this regard, Panigrahi said.

The state's coronavirus death toll remained at 1,922 as no fresh fatality has been reported since Sunday, he said, adding that as many as 53 other COVID-19 patients have also succumbed to the infection so far.

The state currently has 3,358 COVID-19 cases while as many as 3,37,935 patients have recovered from the highly infectious disease.

The state has far tested over 91.88 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 28,109 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the state government has decided to impose night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am in 10 districts - Sundergarh, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur - from Monday. PTI AAM RG RG