The Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has initiated an urgent procurement process aimed at doubling ventilators to at least 100 for treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients at its super specialty hospital (SSH) in Rourkela. Meanwhile, around 6,164 new COVID-19 cases, 2009 recoveries and seven deaths were reported in Odisha in the last 24 hours. Amid rising cases, a weekend shutdown was declared for Saturday and Sunday in all urban areas of the state w.e.f 24th April.