Odisha logs 82 new COVID-19 cases, 1 fatality, DGP gets inoculated

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

The state during the day launched the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive across the state for frontline workers including police personnel, revenue department officials, municipal officials and panchayati raj institution members.

Odisha DGP Abhay became the first among the frontline workers to receive the vaccine at Cuttack while a number of senior IPS officers and district collectors also received the jab.

The 82 new cases were detected in 20 of the state's 30 districts, with 49 of them reported from different quarantine centres while the remaining 33 are local contact cases.

Sundergarh recorded the highest 15 new cases followed by Angul (9) and Sambalpur (7). Ten other districts, Bhadrak, Boudh, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Koraput, Nayagarh, Nabarangpur and Malkangiri, did not register any new cases since Friday.

Two districts - Nabarangpur and Kandhamal, continued to remain 'Covid-19 free' as there are no active cases in their jurisdictions.

Taking to twitter, the Health and Family Welfare department said: 'Regret to inform the demise of 65-year-old female Covid positive patient of Bhubaneswar who was also suffering from Diabetes Mellitus Hypertension & Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.' Of the total 1,909 fatalities reported so far, Khurda district alone accounted for 336 deaths followed by Ganjam (248), Sundergarhg (173), Cuttack (142) and Puri (117).

Twenty-five other districts reported fatalities below 100, he said.

Odisha now has 853 active COVID-19 cases while as many as 3,32,733 patients have recovered from the highly infectious disease, he said.

The state has so far conducted over 78.40 lakh sample tests for COVID-19 including 20,856 on Friday. Odisha's positivity rate now stands at 4.28 per cent, he said.

Apart from DGP Abhay, Commissioner of Police Sudhanshu Sarangi and many other senior police officers also received the vaccine shot at Indoor Stadium in Cuttack. The DGP thanked the Centre and the state government for treating police personnel as frontline workers and including them in the vaccine beneficiaries' list on a priority basis.

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

Meanwhile, many senior IPS and IAS officers posted pictures on social media of them getting inoculated at different locations of the state. PTI AAM RG RG