Bhubaneswar, May 30 : With 96 fresh covid positive cases, all from the quarantine centres, the coronavirus tally in Odisha surged to 1819 today. Official sources said out of 96 covid positive cases reported from 18 districts, Kendrapara and Gajapati districts have accounted for a maximum ten each covid cases. The rest 16 districts have reported single digit Covid positive cases.
Meanwhile, with the recovery of 90 Covid patients on Friday, the total recoveries went up to 977 registering over 50 per cent of the total Covid positive cases in the state. Official sources said out of 1,43,570 samples tested in the state till Friday, 1819 have been found to be Covid positive, 977 of whom have been cured and discharged from the hospital. Odisha has now 833 active cases and reported nine deaths-- seven of them died of Covid and the rest two due to some other health complications. As many as 1088 people are in hospital isolation. In a major decision, the state government has decided to have the covid management at the ward level both in rural and urban areas in its fight against the coronavirus. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has appealed to all Odia brothers and sisters residing across the Globe to sing 'Bande Utkal Janani', the state anthem at 5.30 PM today to encourage and respect COVID warriors whose sacrifice is unmatched and unparalleled.
Mr.Patnaik said such a gesture will inspire us to strengthen our determination and empower us to successfully contain the challenge and to work with new resolution, he added. The event will be observed by all Government offices, across the state by maintaining appropriate social distancing. An order has been issued by the General Administration and Public Grievance Department in this regard to all Departments to activate their field organisations to actively participate in the programme. In order to attract investment and to create employment generation with a focus on labour welfare and to mitigate the hardship faced by MSME Industries due to COVID-19 pandemic situation, the State Government has brought an amendment in the Industrial Disputes Act 1947 to increase the threshold from 100 to 300. At least five districts have more than 100 covid positive cases.
They are Ganjam (404),Jajpur (259),Balasore (146),Khordha(131) and Bhadrak(113). Covid has gripped 29 of the 30 districts in the state.The tribal dominated Rayagada district is the only district which is free from Covid cases. Official sources said the covid positive cases are being reported mostly from the people who have returned to the state from Covid affected Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. The returnees mostly from Gujarat, Maharashtra and West Bengal have tested covid positive inside the quarantine centres where they have been initially put on 21 days quarantine but later the government reduced the period to 14 days. (UNI)