Odisha reports record 791 new COVID-19 cases, 1 more fatality

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Bhubaneswar, Apr 7 (PTI) Odisha on Wednesday reported 791 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest count of 2021 so far, pushing the tally to 3,44,647, a health department official said.

The death toll rose to 1,923 after one more patient from Puri succumbed to the disease, he said.

Of the new cases, 459 were reported from quarantine centres and 332 detected during contact tracing.

Sundargarh district reported the highest number of fresh cases at 147, followed by Khurda (118), Bargarh (48), Cuttack (46) and Sambalpur (45).

Efforts are being made to trace contacts of the fresh patients, the official said.

Active cases in Odisha jumped to 4,255, from just 694 on March 7, and 3,38,416 patients have so far recovered from the disease, he said.

The district administration in Puri, where the iconic Shree Jagannath Temple attracts lakhs of visitors, has made it mandatory for travellers from five states to produce COVID-19 negative certificates in view of spiralling cases.

People travelling from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Kerala to the pilgrim town must produce RT-PCR negative reports at the railway station and bus terminus, a district official said.

The Odisha Police on Wednesday launched a 10-day special drive to strictly enforce the COVID safety protocols.

The state government has started imposing night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am in Sundargarh, Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Balangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur districts to contain the spread of the disease.

Health and Family Welfare Department's Additional Chief Secretary PK Mohapatra had on Tuesday written a letter to the Union health ministry, requesting it to provide 15 to 20 lakh doses of 'Covishield' vaccine to continue the inoculation drive smoothly.

'With the available stock in the state and the current trend of vaccination coverage by the districts, we can conduct vaccination sessions in the state for another three days only,' Mohapatra said in the letter.

More than 35.67 lakh doses of vaccine have been administered to health professionals, frontline workers and people above 45 years of age.

The state has so far conducted over 92.44 lakh sample tests for COVID-19, including 31,531 on Tuesday, and the positivity rate stands at 3.73 per cent. PTI AAM BDC BDC