Odisha reports 12,238 new Covid cases, positivity rate at record high of 24.09 per cent
Bhubaneswar: Odisha on Friday reported the highest ever single-day spike of 12,238 new COVID-19 cases, while 19 more people died in the State, a Health department official said. The new cases were found after testing 50,799 samples on Thursday, which took the positivity rate to 24.09 per cent — another grim record, the official said. There are 86,950 active cases in the State at present.
Odisha has so far reported 5,12,400 COVID-19 cases, while the death toll stood at 2,140. Of the new infections, 6,914 were reported from different quarantine centres and the remaining 5,324 were local cases. Sundargarh district reported the highest 2,073 new positive cases, followed by Khurda (1,828) and Cuttack (916). Only four of the State’s 30 districts reported new cases in double digits. Sundargarh and Khurda accounted for 32 per cent of the new cases.
Of the 19 fresh fatalities, four deaths each were reported from Khurda and Sundargarh districts, while Ganjam and Puri reported two casualties each. One patient each died in Angul, Balangir, Cuttack, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Gajapati and Kalahandi. So far, 4,23,257 patients have recovered in the State.
Meanwhile, Director General of Police Abhay said since April, police, while strictly enforcing Covid protocols, have collected fines to the tune of Rs 15 crore, arrested 533 people and seized 21,406 vehicles for violating Covid guidelines.
He said police have collected Rs 6.36 crore from people for not wearing masks while a sum of Rs 8.29 crore was collected from people for not maintaining social distance and from vehicle owners for violating Covid norms.
The DGP said due to shutdown and lockdown imposed by the State Government, the police have come up with an initiative of telephone-based grievance redressal system. He said under the new initiatives, people need not go to the police station or the SP’s office to lodge complaints. Instead, police would come to their house to collect the FIR and take suitable action.
Abhay said Border Check Posts have been erected close to the neighbouring districts of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal and senior officials from the police and transport department are deployed there to check unauthorised entry into Odisha territory.