Odisha reports 471 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more fatality

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(Eds: With fresh inputs) Bhubaneswar, Apr 4 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 3,42,695 on Sunday as 471 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality took the death toll to 1,922, a health department official said.

The state also registered recovery of 300 patients during the day taking the total number of cured people to 3,37,935, which is 98.61 per cent of the caseload.

The state's case fatality ratio (CFR), however, remained unchanged at 0.56 per cent while its positivity rate stands at 3.74 per cent.

In the wake of the spike in cases, the Odisha government has decided to impose night curfew in 10 districts - Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri districts from Monday.

The night curfew will be in force from 10 pm to 5 am, according to an order.

All commercial establishments, shops, offices, institutions and movement of individuals will remain closed during the night curfew, according to an order.

Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena denied rumours that day curfew will be imposed in the state.

'At this stage, there is no plan for imposing day curfew in the state. We appeal to everyone to follow the Covid protocol- mask use, physical distancing & hand hygiene,' Jena said in a statement.

Of the new COVID cases, 278 were reported from quarantine centres and 193 were detected during contact tracing, the health department official said.

The fresh cases include 85 from Sundargarh district, 50 from Kalahandi, 42 from Nuapada and 40 from Khurda.

The new fatality was reported from Khurda district, the official said.

Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, has so far accounted for the highest number of coronavirus deaths at 341.

Odisha now has 2,785 active cases, which is 0.81 per cent of the caseload.

The state has so far conducted over 91.59 lakh sample tests for COVID-19, including 29,281 on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Kalahandi district administration has declared Chilchila village in Dharamgarh block as a containment zone after six people tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.

The Jharsuguda district administration has also declared eight places as micro containment zones. PTI AAM BDC NN NN