Odisha logs 1208 new covid cases,66 deaths in a single day, UG, PG classes to reopen from August 16

Bhubaneswar : Odisha reported 1208 new covid positive cases in the past 24 hours taking the tally in the state to 9,84,731 while the fatalities surged to 6302 with 66 more people succumbing to the virus.

Health and Family Welfare department sources said 702 new infections from quarantine centres and 506 local contact cases were reported from 30 districts in the past 24 hours.

Khordha district recorded the highest number of 399 cases and Cuttack district reported 173 new infections while the other 28 districts registered less than 100 cases in the past 24 hours.

Both Khordha and Cuttack districts together accounted for 47.35 per cent of the total covid cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

Out of 66 new covid patients succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours from 16 districts in the state. Khordha district reported the maximum number of 19 deaths followed by Cuttack ( 11), Ganjam ( 10), Balasore (6) and Angul ( 4).

These five districts together accounted for 75 per cent of the fatalities reported in the state in the past 24 hours.

Sources said for the second consecutive day the Test Positivity Rate(TPR) of all the 30 districts remained below five per cent. As many as 17 districts recorded TPR of less than 1 per cent.

Meanwhile, the state TPR after showing a marginal rise in the last four days and remaining over 2 per cent consecutively for the last two days, declined to 1.74 per cent today as out of 69,369 tests conducted in the state in the past 24 hours,1208 tested covid positive.

The Active cases in the state were further reduced to 13,006 with Khordha and Cuttack districts recording the highest number of 4086 and 1731 active cases respectively.

These two coastal districts alone accounted for 44 per cent of the total active cases in the state.

Both Bhubaneswar and Cuttack cities and Puri town have become a major concern for the local municipal administrations as these two cities were showing no major let-up in the daily covid load cases and accounting for more than 40 per cent of the total daily covid positive cases in the state.

In the process of unlocking, the government, considering the high number of daily caseloads, has continued the weekend shutdown in these three towns till September 1 next.

The Higher Education department today announced the reopening of all undergraduate and postgraduate classes from August 16 to take up classroom teaching.

However, the government has clarified that the final UG and PG examinations in the state will be conducted online.

The state government had already opened the schools both private and government for class X and XII students and decided to reopen the classes for class IX students from August 16 next.

The government has, however, not made classroom teachings mandatory for the class X and XII students.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday distributed special covid assistance of Rs 11 crore to one lakh dairy farmers of the state. Each dairy farmer received assistance of up to Rs 6,000 each.

As many as 3700 milk producers’ cooperative societies and 2.63 lakh dairy farmers are producing milk through OMFED. This included 1292 women cooperative societies and 1.5 lakh women dairy farmers.

Earlier, the government had announced covid assistance for the farmers, construction workers and roadside vendors in the state.