Puri: Six more servitors engaged in construction work of chariots for upcoming Ratha Jatra in Puri tested positive for COVID-19.
Two Maharana servitors of Nandighosha Ratha (chariot of Lord Jagannath) among six were diagnosed with the deadly virus.
With this, the number of servitors in Puri infected with COVID increased to 186, of which 3 have succumbed to the virus, 130 have been recovered and 53 are under treatment, a source in Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Puri, said.
The chariot construction work began on May 15, which marked the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya.
Meanwhile, the vaccination of servitors in 18-44 age group is underway ahead of the annual Ratha Jatra scheduled on July 12.
The SJTA has set the target to cover 4,300 servitors in 18-44 age group during the drive in 15 days.