The district administration has opened seven temporary shelter homes for people stranded due to inundation of the bridges.
Road communication between Malkangiri and Balimela towns was disrupted following heavy rains on Saturday night.
Of the two cases reported from Mathili block, one had returned from Telangana and the other detected during household survey.
Malkangiri reported 34 cases on Tuesday with the majority 26 from the municipality area.
Since using a bicycle to cover the entire town required more time and energy, Mistry decided to take the help of the horse.
Malkangiri Collector Manish Agarwal also put in place stricter Covid-19 SOPs to contain the spread of the virus.
Work on high level bridges at Tarlakota and Korukonda on Malkangiri-Balimela road in the district, started four years back, is far from over.
Malkangiri joined the list of coronavirus affected districts in the State with detection of two positive cases on Wednesday.
As per the ritual, the priest then offered traditional cakes to the youths urging them to stop fighting and delivered a lecture on friendship and good behaviour.
When he did not return home till night, his family members tried to contact him but his mobile was unreachable.
Malkangiri IIC Rama Prasad Nag said police permission has been granted for the disposal of the body. There will be a probe into the incident, he added.
Though the survey for the entire stretch of 130 km track has already been completed by four different agencies from Kolkata, Secunderabad and Nagpur, the land acquisition process is yet to begin.