Odisha reports record 3,861 new COVID-19 cases
Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s COVID-19 tally rose to 1,27,892 on Monday as the State registered its highest single-day spike of 3,861 new cases, while 10 fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus death toll to 556, a Health department official said.
As many as 2,278 new cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,583 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing. Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, registered the highest number of fresh infections at 767, followed by Cuttack (386), Jajpur (285) and Puri (200).
The State had reported its previous highest single-day spike of 3,810 coronavirus cases on September 6. Ganjam district reported three fresh fatalities, while Balasore, Khurda, Cuttack, Kalahandi, Koraput, Nayagarh and Rayagada registered one death each.
Ganjam has so far reported the highest number of COVID-19 fatalities at 207, followed by 76 in Khurda. As many as 53 coronavirus patients have died due to other ailments in the State so far.
At least 3,034 patients were cured of the disease on Monday, taking the number of recoveries to 99,398, which is 77.72 per cent of the State’s total caseload. The State’s fatality rate now stands at 0.43 per cent. Odisha now has 27,885 active cases, which is 21.80 per cent of total caseload.
The State has so far tested over 21.43 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 45,165 on Sunday.
“Enforcement activities of the local administration and police shall be intensified from Wednesday to ensure that people follow the COVID-19 guidelines,” Special Relief Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary P K Jena said. Cuttack and Bhubaneswar witnessed a spike in the number of new cases after the lockdown restrictions were eased from the beginning of this month.
He appealed to people to adopt all precautionary measures to contain the spread of the infection.
Amid surging cases in the State, Odisha Government has also increased the number of COVID Care Centres, COVID Care Homes and Cluster TMCs (temporary medical camps), in addition to 50 dedicated hospitals for treatment coronavirus patients.