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Odisha’s COVID-19 death toll rise to 27

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Odisha’s COVID-19 cases rise to 108.

The death toll due to COVID-19 in Odisha has increased to 27 as two more patients succumbed to the deadly virus, informed the health department on Thursday.

The two deaths were from Ganjam and Angul districts. Both the patients died while undergoing treatment in Covid hospitals.

“Regret to inform of the deaths of two Covid-19 positive patients, 49-year-old male of Ganjam district and 57 year old male of Angul district, while under treatment in hospital,” said the department.

Meanwhile, 229 persons tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours taking the total number to 7,545 in the state.

Of the total fresh cases, 193 have been detected from different quarantine centres while remaining 36 are local contacts.

The number of active cases in the state stands at 2,157 while 5,353 patients have recovered so far.

Due to rising Covid-19 cases in the state capital, the state government has restricted the entry of visitors to the state secretariat.

All the passes issued to visitors for Lok Seva Bhawan, Kharavel Bhawan, Krushi Bhawan and Rajib Bhawan have been temporarily suspended, said the home department.

Any request for entry of outsiders and for such pass holders will only be entertainment on the request received from the office of the Secretaries of the concerned Department to the Special Secretary of the Home department.

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UP woman commits suicide after allegedly being beaten up by police

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A 22-year-old woman committed suicide in Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun after she was allegedly beaten up by a police inspector.

The incident took place in Naya Ramnagar area.

The deceased, Nishu Chaudhary, was found hanging by a noose at her house on Saturday. The family rushed her to the hospital but doctors declared her dead.

According to Nishu’s family, she had gone to the market in Baldau Chowk on Friday afternoon.

Some shopkeepers accused the victim and two of her friends of stealing passports and caught them. They called the police and handed them over to inspector Yogesh Pathak.

Police took the three to the Kotwali police station and after questioning they were handed over to their relatives.

Her family members said Yogesh Pathak beat up Nishu at the station. She was called to Kotwali by police again on Saturday and was stressed about it.

“She was very disturbed since the beating by the inspector,” said a family member.

After Nishu committed suicide, her family went to the police station and created a ruckus, demanding action against the inspector.

Circle Officer (CO) Santosh Kumar reached the spot and assured the family that the matter will be investigated.

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7 die in Andhra Pradesh Covid care centre fire

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7 die in Andhra Covid care centre fire.

In a shocking incident, seven persons were killed in a fire that broke out at a paid Covid Care Centre run from a hotel by a private hospital here early Sunday morning, officials said.

Officials earlier said three persons had died in the mishap, while four others were shifted to a hospital. With four more casualties, the death toll had increased to seven at the time of filing of the report. The victims included two women.

Police officials did not rule out more casualties in the early morning fire as the condition of two of the centre’s staff, who jumped from the first floor to escape, is said to be serious.

Around 50 persons, including 30 coronavirus patients, were reported to be present at the Covid treatment facility set up at Hotel Swarna Palace when the tragedy struck.

City Police Commissioner Srinivasa Rao said that the fire broke out around 5 am.

According to initial information, suffocation due to smoke emanating from the fire is said to have caused most casualties.

Firefighters were rushed to the spot who rescued the treatment centre’s inmates with the help of ladders and rushed them to nearby hospitals in 15 ambulances.

Preliminary investigation found that a short circuit was the likely cause of the fire that started on the ground floor of the building. It later spread to the first floor that had been converted into a Covid care centre.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed shock and sorrow over the incident and ordered an inquiry.

State Endowments Minister Vellampalli Srinivas, who represents Vijayawada West Assembly constituency, visited the spot and supervised rescue operations.

The Minister said the inquiry will look into whether it was an accident or failure on part of the hospital management.

Sunday’s fire accident is the latest in a series of mishaps to strike Andhra Pradesh in the last few months.

In May, a gas leak in Visakhapatnam at LG Polymers had left 12 persons dead. Recently, 12 persons had died after consuming sanitisers due to alcohol addiction.

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Unique police cafe opens in Muzaffarnagar

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After setting up a washing line for police personnel in April this year, Muzaffarnagar SSP Abhishek Yadav has now opened a ‘police cafe’ in the district.

The cafe will serve healthy organic meals, fresh fruit juices, smoothies, ‘daliya’, ‘poha’ and food cooked in olive oil. The cafe also has a gym attached to it.

“Policemen need to follow a highly exhaustive schedule of duty that seldom gives them the opportunity to avail of a proper diet. Cases of hypertension, diabetes and stress are common among the UP police force. This facility is aimed at alleviating such health problems. Improper diet and lack of awareness for a healthy lifestyle were also the reasons behind opening such a unique cafe,” the SSP said.

The police department has hired trained chefs and deliverymen who will run the cafe along with police staff. Next to the cafe, a gym with all modern equipment was also ‘gifted’ to the cops.

The air-conditioned police cafe that has eye-catching interiors will also serve jaggery-added drinks – as using sugar in any product here is ‘banned’.

SSP Yadav said he had worked on the idea for nearly six months.

“This unique concept will be upgraded once we start getting more feedback. It may be then introduced to other police stations as well,” the SSP added.

The cafe will also deliver food orders to various city spots and will remain open till 9 pm.

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