Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], April 20 (ANI): As many as 4,761 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths were reported in Odisha in the last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Tuesday.
With this, the total case tally in the state stands at 3,77,464, including 27,821 active cases 3,47,637 recoveries and 1,954 deaths.
Amid the rising cases, a weekend shutdown was declared for Saturday and Sunday in all urban areas of the State with effect from April 24.
Additionally, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also informed that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) would not be holding public rallies or campaign meetings in the Pipili by-poll.
"I would earnestly appeal to other political parties and the Election Commission to reconsider both the duration and method of campaigning," he said on Monday.
India is currently witnessing a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic reported over 2.73 lakh fresh infections in the last 24 hours - the highest since the pandemic broke out last year.
According to the Health Ministry, there are currently 19,29,329 active cases in the country as of Monday. The death toll reached 1,78,769, including 1,619 in the last 24 hours. (ANI)