Odisha logs 3,405 new Covid cases, 42 fresh fatalities
Bhubaneswar: Odisha on Tuesday registered 3,405 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the State’s tally to 8,59,526, a Health department official said. Forty-two fresh fatalities raised the toll to 3,388. This apart, 53 COVID-19 patients in the State have died due to comorbidities. Of the 3,405 new cases, 1,942 were recorded in quarantine centres, and the rest detected during contact tracing.
Khurda district, of which State capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the maximum number of new cases at 500, followed by Jajpur at 391, Balasore at 296 and Cuttack at 230. As many as 21 districts reported below 100 cases each, the lowest being nine in the Jharsuguda. Accordingly, the number of active cases in the coastal State climbed to 51,104.
At least 8,182 more people recuperated from the disease on Monday, which took the total number of recoveries to 8,04,981. Odisha’s positivity rate stands at 6.72 per cent. Over 1.27 crore samples were tested in the State thus far, including 56,807 on Monday.
Meanwhile, the State Government has asked the district administrations of Ganjam, Rayagada and Koraput to provide all logistics and extend necessary cooperation to an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) team, which is scheduled to undertake its fourth serological survey.
The ICMR’s Regional Medical Research Centre here will conduct the survey in these districts as part of its nationwide initiative to ascertain if people have developed antibodies against COVID-19. Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare department, Pradipta Kumar Mohapatra, pointed out that the team will conduct serosurvey in 10 clusters in each district.
Dr Sanghamitra Pati, the Director of the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), said children below 14 years of age will also be made a part of the survey.