While five deaths were reported from hotspot Khurda, three were from Ganjam. Besides, two deaths each were reported from Angul and Nabarangpur.
Of the 61 persons who succumbed to Covid-19 in the last one month, 43 or over 70 per cent were aged above 60 years.
Under pressure from various quarters, Odisha has so far declared 8,227 Covid deaths while more than half of it termed as ‘deaths other than Covid’ have not been announced officially.
Though sources claimed he would join duty after the leave period, Mohapatra was allegedly under pressure following the High Court dissatisfaction over the affidavit filed by the Health department.
Odisha had been constantly reporting below 1,000 cases for last over a week.
State government had declared only 1,876 Covid fatalities last year