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With 167 new COVID-19 cases, Odisha on Tuesday taking the tally to 5,470

Bhubaneswar:23/6/20: As many as 167 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours in Odisha Tuesday taking the tally to 5,470. Gajapati, which reported 41 cases, recorded the highest number of cases from the state followed by 30 new cases from Ganjam district, 19 from Jagatsinghpur and 14 from Mayurbhanj district.

Out of the total 167 new COVID-19 cases, 150 cases were reported from quarantine centres while 17 are local contact cases, the I&PR Dept informed.

Ganjam district continues to account for the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the State. Ganjam has reported highest 955 COVID-19 positive cases so far.

Notably, the news of a temple servitor testing positive for COVID-19 has rattled many.

Informing about the development, Puri district administration officials informed that COVID-19 test of 1,143 servitors were conducted June 22 and all the samples except one have been found negative.

The district administration officials informed that the COVID-19 positive servitor has been shifted to a Covid Hospital before Rath Yatra rituals.

Apart from the COVID-19 test, the apex court had also capped the number of servitors and personnel who will be engaged in pulling of the during Rath Yatra at 500 for each chariot Monday.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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