Improvement in Odisha’s Covid situation: Health dept
Bhubaneswar: The COVID-19 situation in Odisha has “significantly” improved over the past one month as 1,637 new cases were recorded on Monday, down from 3,554 exactly a month ago, a Health department official said. The caseload in the coastal State has risen to 9,69,185, he said.
Sixty-two fresh fatalities pushed the toll to 5,574, the official said, adding that the list of casualties issued on Monday does not reflect deaths occurring on any particular day. “It gives details of past deaths for which the death audit process has been duly completed and the cause of death has been identified as due to COVID-19,” the Health and Family Welfare department said.
Justifying his claim of “significant improvement in the situation”, the official said the daily test positivity rate (TPR) in the State has dropped to 2.19 per cent from 5.17 per cent on June 26. Of the 1,637 new positive cases, 949 were recorded in quarantine centres and the rest detected during contact tracing.
Khurda district, of which State capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported 350 new cases, followed by Cuttack at 250 and Angul at 100. Gajapati is the only district that did not record any fresh case. Of the 62 fatalities, 42 were registered in Khurda district, 10 in Sundargarh, four in Keonjhar and two in Jajpur. One patient each succumbed to the infection in Ganjam, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal and Puri.
Odisha currently has 18,381 active cases, while as many as 9,45,177 patients, including 2,108 on Sunday, have recovered from the highly infectious disease. The cumulative positivity rate in the State stands at 6.19 per cent. As many as 74,553 tests were conducted on Sunday, taking the total number of samples examined so far to more than 1.56 crore.
According to the Health department, as many as 1,52,82,523 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the State, including 6,784 on Sunday.