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State Reports 3631 Fresh Cases

Bhubaneswar: The State has reported 3631 fresh Covid-19 cases during the past 24 hours. Of which 2069 cases are from quarantine and 1562 due to local contacts, the Information and Public Relation Department informed here on Thursday.

Khurda district reported the highest 506 fresh infections, followed by Cuttack (438), Jajpur (305), Balasore (262) and Angul (204). All other districts reported below 200 cases. Lowest 18 cases reported from Gajapati district.

A total of 63,421 samples were tested in the State during the past 24 hours. The Test Positivity Rate (TPR) now stands at 5.72 per cent.

The total Covid cases in the State reached 8,66,692 till today. The Covid-19 active case tally now stands at 45,809 active cases in the State as 8,17,359 patients have recovered from the disease.

However, the death cases due to Covid-19 have come to below 40 after a gap of 12 days. The State has reported the death of 39 persons due to Covid-19 on Thursday raising the total tally to 3471. Last June 4, the State had reported 39 Covid deaths.

Meanwhile, the new lockdown guidelines have come into effect in the State from today. All 30 districts have been divided into two groups. As many 17 southern and western districts have been marked as Category A, where the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) has remained below 5 per cent while remaining 13 districts of coastal and adjourning area have been put in Category B where the TPR remained high.

The ‘Category A’ districts include southern and western regions are: Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Bolangir, Nuapada, Subarnapur, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Boudh, Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri and Rayagada.

Similarly, the ‘Category B’ includes 13 remaining districts which are having a comparatively higher positivity rate. These districts are Khurda, Puri, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Angul, Dhenkanal, Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar.

All shops and services will remain open from 6.00am to 5.00pm in 17 specified districts (grouped as ‘Category A’) while only essential shops have been allowed to remain open from 6.00am to 1.00pm in 13 districts (grouped as ‘Category B’).