Puri: A servitor of the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri tested positive for COVID-19 a day before the Ratha Jatra, official sources said on Tuesday.
COVID-19 tests of as many as 1143 servitors were conducted yesterday as per the order of the Supreme Court. While one of them tested positive for the virus, the rest tested negative, sources said.
The positive case was shifted to a COVID hospital before the commencement of Rath Yatra rituals. Contact tracing is being done and the area has been contained, sources added.
Worth mentioning, the Supreme Court yesterday allowed the conduct of Rath Yatra in Puri with restriction and also ordered for COVID-19 tests of servitors involved in the festival.