Odisha’s COVID-19 tally rises to 40,717 with record 1,699

Coronavirus

Odisha”s COVID-19 tally surged past the 40,000-mark on Thursday with the biggest single-day spike of 1,699 cases, even as 10 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 235, a health department official said.

Ganjam district, the state”s coronavirus hotspot, reported three deaths, Sundergarh (2), and Bhadrak, Kandhamal, Keonjahr, Nabarangpur and Nayagarh one each, he said.

Another 45-year-old coronavirus positive patient from Ganjam breathed her last, but the department attributed the cause of her death to other health conditions.

Nabarangpur district reported its first COVID-19 fatality, the official said.

The state registered a total of 1,699 fresh cases, raising the tally to 40,717, he said.

The latest COVID-19 cases were reported from 29 districts, with Ganjam topping the list (268), followed by Khurda (220), Sundergarh (178), Cuttack (105) and Sambalpur (101).

Altogether 1,073 people were detected positive from quarantine centres, the official said, adding, contact- tracing and follow-up action have been initiated.

Odisha”s active case count stood at 14,699, while 25,738 patients have so far recovered from the disease, the department said.

The state on Wednesday tested 15,086 samples, taking the total number of such clinical examinations conducted to 6,00,591.

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