Odisha reports 82 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fresh fatality

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(Eds: Adds details) Bhubaneswar, Feb 6 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 3,35,548 on Saturday as 82 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,909, a health official said.

As many as 109 more people have been cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,32,842, which is 99.19 per cent of the caseload, he said.

DGP Abhay was among the 22,986 frontline workers who were vaccinated during the launch of the second phase of the inoculation drive in the state.

As many as 2,52,069 health workers including Health Department Additional Chief Secretary P K Mohapatra, have so far been inoculated.

The state has targeted to vaccinate 3,38,700 health workers by February 10, officials said.

Forty-nine new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 33 infections were detected during contact tracing.

Sundergarh district reported the highest number of new cases at 15, followed by Angul (nine) and Sambalpur (seven).

Odisha now has 744 active COVID-19 cases.

The state has so far tested over 78.40 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 20,856 on Friday.

Apart from DGP Abhay, Commissioner of Police Sudhanshu Sarangi and several other senior police officers were also administered the COVID-19 vaccine in Cuttack.

'The government has issued the vaccine for us after a proper trial. There is no need to panic. Come forward and get vaccinated,' the DGP said.

Many senior IPS and IAS officers posted pictures on social media of them getting inoculated in different parts of the state.

Meanwhile, the Cuttack district administration has withdrawn a controversial order to block the salary of people who refuse to get vaccinated.

'We had no intention to force anyone or threaten to cut salary for refusing to get vaccinated. But one needs to understand that once a person registers his/her name, a vaccine is brought for him/her. It may get spoiled if not administered on time,' Cuttack Collector B S Chayani said. PTI AAM ACD ACD