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Corona Eyes 6K Mark

As anticipated, the Corona situation  during June has worsened and the total positive cases has increased to 5962 while 17 persons have succumbed to the disease.

While the average daily new positive case in the month of May was just 65, it has increased more than 155 in June.
 
This indicates that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s anticipation has come true and Covid cases increased following onset of monsoon as well as after return of more than 5 lakh migrant workers.
 
As the situation continues, Odisha Government on 24June launched a drive to test around 5,000 people associated with Lord Jagannath''s Rath Yatra for COVID-19, including servitors, police personnel and municipality staff.
 
The Government will also soon start anti-body test as indicated by Ajay Parida, the director of of Institute of Life Science.
 
Keeping in view the Supreme Court directives, the state government will undertake COVID tests of all those involved in the Rath Jatra.
 
This apart, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) also said it will set up an exclusive health care centre for the families of servitors.
 
"Only one of the over 2,000 servitors, whose samples had been collected, tested positive for COVID-19 on June 22. He has been kept away from the rituals, and admitted to a special hospital," a health department official said.
 
The samples of those he came in contact with have been collected and sent for tests.
 
"We are expecting test reports of 14 of the 16 people by Wednesday night," another health department official
 
 Vice Chairperson of Shree Jagannath Temple Managing Committee, S C Mohapatra, said about 2,500 servitors will undergo a second round of COVID-19 tests and the process will be completed by June 28 before Lord Jagannath and his celestial siblings'' chariots make a move for returning to the temple, the ritual known as ''Bahuda Jatra''.
 
"Only those servitors who test negative will be allowed to participate in the ''Bahuda Jatra'' scheduled on July 1," he said.
 
SJTA Chief Administrator Krishan Kumar said it has placed orders for 5,000 face masks to be distributed among the servitors. Hand sanitisers will also be provided to their families, he said.
 
According to health department sources, Puri district which remained a green zone till May has witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases, which now stand at 224 including a fatality.
 
The Puri district has 71 active cases, including the servitor, they said.
 


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