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The count of Odisha’s active corona cases is in three figures for the first time since eight months ago, but the Naveen Patnaik government is taking nothing for granted.



Just a day after India logged its lowest Covid-19 death count of 94 since May 14 last year, Odisha has reported that its active coronavirus cases have dropped below the four-figure mark for the first time since June 2 last year, according to the state Health Department.

“After a spirited fight of 8 months, Odisha’s active cases have fallen below 1,000 for the first time since June 2, 2020. We salute the efforts of our valiant Corona Warriors,” the department tweeted.

By then, the Twitter account of the Odisha Chief Minister’s Office had also declared so: “With hard work of the #CovidWarriors & efficient management, #Odisha has reached at a defining moment in the fight against #COVID19. All districts are now in Green Zone.”

The active cases now total 946, as 71 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The total case tally has climbed up to 3,35,282.

While 18 Odisha districts recorded cases in single digits, Sundargarh district recorded the highest 11 new infections.

No death has been reported in the state for the past one week. So far, 1,906 patients have succumbed to Covid-19 in Odisha. The last fatality was reported from Sundargarh district on January 25.

With 0.6 percent, the case fatality ratio in Odisha is one of the lowest in the country.

Yet the state is taking nothing for granted, as is evident from its preparations ahead of the second phase of the coronavirus vaccination drive from February 6. As many as 1.92 lakh frontline workers have been enrolled to give vaccine shots to 1,57,388 police and other security personnel, 25,961 sanitation workers and 9,088 revenue staff, apart from others.

The frontline workers will be administered the vaccine at their respective offices. A list of 1.92 lakh frontline workers has been prepared, Health and Family Welfare Director Bijay Panigrahi said.

The vaccination drive for frontline and healthcare workers will be conducted simultaneously, he added.

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