Odisha reports 556 new Covid cases, four deaths

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Four fresh fatalities pushed Odisha’s coronavirus death toll to 8,294. (Photo credit: Pixabay)

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Covid-19 tally rose to 10,35,973 on Tuesday as 556 more people tested positive in last 24 hours. Four fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 8,294, a health official said.

Khurda registered the highest number of new cases at 305, followed by Cuttack (41) and Sundargarh (18), reported PTI.

Two fresh fatalities each were registered in Cuttack and Jagatsinghpur districts. Odisha now has 4,228 active cases, while 10,23,398 people have recovered from the disease so far.

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The state has so far tested over 2.11 crore samples, including 57,026 on Monday. The cumulative positivity rate stood at 4.89 per cent.

The administration has fully vaccinated over 1 crore people so far. The Odisha government has begun preparations to disburse Rs 50,000 each to the next of kin of patients who died due to Covid.

“As per the Supreme Court’s order, the next of kin of people who died due to Covid can avail the assistance irrespective of their financial condition or whether they have received benefits of other schemes,” PTI reported Special Relief commissioner Pradeep Kumar Jena as saying.

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