Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: The people of Odisha on Wednesday joined Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to pay homage to the frontline workers who lost their lives fighting against COVID-19 pandemic in the State.
People across the State observed a minute’s silence at 6 p.m. responding to Patnaik’s call. Patnaik led the prayer through video conferencing, while the Chief Secretary was at the Lok Seva Bhawan and the Director General of Police at the State police headquarters at Cuttack.
The Chief Minister also administered oath to people of the State to fight the pandemic. Similar silent prayers were held in government offices and offices of other organisations.
“Odisha has crossed 25,000 plus recoveries which would not have been possible without hard work, dedication and sacrifice of thousands of COVID warriors. We will not allow their sacrifice to go in vain,” said the Chief Minister.
The COVID warriors would be given support to fight the disease, and the guidelines will be strictly followed to keep the coronavirus at bay, said Patnaik.
As many as 25 frontline workers, including health workers, police personnel, Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) functionaries, Anganwadi and ASHA workers and teachers who worked as frontline workers have died due to COVID-19 in the State so far.
The prayer was organised on the day in which the number of recovery of COVID-19 patients crossed 25,000-mark.
A total of 39,018 COVID-19 positive cases had been reported from different districts of Odisha till Wednesday. While 25,738 patients had recovered, 13,011 were undergoing treatment at various COVID-19 hospitals and COVID care homes.
As many 269 persons had died in the State till Wednesday – 225 due to COVID-19 and the remaining 44 had died due to other ailments.
The two districts that had reported the maximum number of COVID-19 positive cases were Ganjam with 11,812 and Khordha with 5,311.