Odisha

 A low pressure area, the third in a month, formed over the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday and it is expected to bring heavy rains in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal in the next three days, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The Meteorological Department has said that light to moderate rains are likely over South Odisha, South Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Vidarbha, South and Southwest Madhya Pradesh.

Odisha on Thursday registered its highest single-day spike of 17 COVID-19 fatalities, which raised the death toll to 859, while 3,615 new cases pushed the state's tally to 2, 22,734, a health department official said.

Students from classes one to eight of government-run institutes in Odisha will be taught via radio from Monday.

Amidst strict enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols as many as 3,600 students appeared in the Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main 2020) in Odisha on Tuesday.

With several hospitals turning away non-COVID patients, amid the surge in coronavirus cases, the administration in Odisha's Ganjam district has launched mobile health units to provide them basic medical services at their doorsteps.

Manufacturers of alcoholic beverages have urged the Odisha government to reduce the 'special COVID-19 fee' imposed on liquor from 50 per cent to a reasonable rate and allow retailers in the state to sell such products from outlets, an official said on Saturday.