With Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 666, State Government decided to rope in services of two young mandarins for Covid-19 Management.
While 2015 Batch IAS Parul Patawari is appointed as Special ADM Bhubaneswar, 2016 Batch IAS Vishal Singh is appointed Special ADM Khurda.
Ms.Patawari will handle Urban Zones of Capital City and Mr.Singh will oversee Covid Management in Rural Zones of the District.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy lauded their efforts in his twitter post.
Both the young Mandarins were posted as Special ADM in Ganjam, when the district was at facing an alarming situation due to Covid-19 Pandemic.
With Ganjam reporting much less number of positive cases, both young IAS Officers were brought to take care of Khurda, said a senior Principal Secretary.
Now lot of hopes are pinned on these Mandarins as they have dedicatedly worked to contain Covid-19 in one of the hot spot district, said a Principal Secretary.
State’s COVID-19 tally rose to 1,06,561 on Tuesday as 3,025 more people tested positive for the infection, while 11 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 503, a health official said.
As many as 1,844 fresh infections were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,181 people tested positive for COVID-19 during contact tracing, he said.
Khurda is followed by Cuttack (312), Mayurbhanj (215) and Ganjam (207), the official said, adding 24 other districts reported less than 200 new cases each.
Khurda, Mayurbhanj and Puri districts reported two fresh fatalities each, while one patient each died in Cuttack, Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal and Rayagada districts, he said.
Ganjam district accounted for 191 of the 503 COVID-19 deaths in the state, followed by 67 in Khurda, the official said, adding 53 coronavirus patients have died due to other ailments so far.
Odisha now has 28,719 active COVID-19 cases, while 77,286 people have recovered from the disease so far, he said.