Subrat Kumar Sarangi
Bhubaneswar (NVI): With 1,264 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, Odisha witnessed its highest single-day surge of positive cases, taking the overall tally to 21,099.
114 people have died of the deadly virus in the state so far. Ganjam district has reported the highest number of new infections – 540 within 24 hours.
According to the I&PR Department, of the new cases, 847 are reported from quarantine centres and 417 from local contacts which include 61 identified new cases from a local Flour Mill of Mancheswar Industrial estate, as declared by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.
This flour mill case has raised tensions for the district administration as there might be a chance of spreading the infection to other people.
Apart from this, Berhampur Circle Jail of Ganjam district is reeling under the outbreak of coronavirus as 33 prisoners and 11 jail staff has been detected positive. The infected prisoners have been kept under isolation in the jail campus while the infected staff has been asked to remain in-home quarantine.