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Vax Crosses 33 Lakh Mark

Bhubaneswar: With massive vaccination drive is on in Odisha in 1242 sites of which  40 are Covaxin, at least 1,67,034 beneficiaries are given Jabs on 4 April, making total number crossed 33 Lakh.

ACS Health & Family Welfare Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra reviewed Vaccination Management in the evening of Sunday, where it revealed that till date 33, 04, 732 have been vaccinated.

More number of Senior Citizens are coming forward to get Shots and as on 4 April 16,60,529 beneficiaries belong to 60 years and above received first dose and 47,057 have got second doses.

6,83,378 beneficiaries of 45 years and above have taken vaccination and more are in line to go for Shots.

However there are no Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) reports across the state.

In the meantime, Odisha’s COVID-19 tally mounted to 3,42,695 on Sunday as 471 more people tested positive for the infection, while one more fatality pushed the death toll to 1,922, a health department official said.

 Of the new cases, 278 were reported from quarantine centres and 193 detected during contact tracing.

Sundargarh district reported the highest number of fresh cases at 85, followed by Kalahandi (50), Nuapada (42) and Khurda (40).

The new fatality was reported from Khurda district, the official said.

Odisha now has 3,085 active cases, and 3,37,635 patients have so far recovered from the disease.

 Khurda district comprising the state capital Bhubaneswar has so far accounted for the highest number of coronavirus deaths at 341, he said.

 The state has so far conducted over 91.59 lakh sample tests for COVID-19, including 29,281 on Saturday, and the positivity rate stands at 3.74 per cent.

The government had announced that night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am will be imposed in 10 districts – Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Nawarangpur, Koraput and Malkangiri – from April 5.

The Kalahandi district administration has declared Chilchila village in Dharamgarh block as a containment zone after six people from there tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.

 The Jharsuguda district administration has also declared eight places as micro containment zon.

With resurgence of COVID cases across Odisha, seven employees of the State Bank of India (SBI) tested positive for the deadly virus in Bhubaneswar.

Following fresh detection of COVID cases from the bank, the Bhubaneswar Municipal  Corporation (BMC) Sunday sealed the main branch of State Bank of India located at Unit-1 locality in the city for next two days  to carry out disinfection work.

 “The SBI main branch has been sealed for next 48 hours from April 4 to April 6 after its seven staff were found positive for COVID-19,” informed BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhury today.

The BMC will conduct sanitisation, contact tracing and testing at the bank during these two days, he added.

The Cuttack Municipal Corporation(CMC) on Saturday issued revised Covid guidelines restricting the number of participants in marriage and cremation ceremonies while prohibiting celebration of certain functions, events and social gatherings.

 An official order released by CMC in this regard will be implemented with effect from April 06.

As per the revised guidelines, while maximum 100 persons will be allowed to participate in marriage function, the number of participants in death rituals related functions will not exceed 50 persons with strict adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour and maintenance of social distancing.

For other kinds of social gatherings the host shall have to obtain specific permission from CMC which will be given keeping in view the requirement of the host and prevailing pandemic situation subject to maximum participants ceiling of 100 persons, the order added.

Tightening the noose around shops and eateries in Bhubaneswar city violating Covid protocol, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation’s Covid Enforcement squad today carried out raids in Infocity areas.

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