Odisha reports 3,600 new COVID-19 cases, 16 fatalities
Bhubaneswar: At least 3,600 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Friday, which raised the tally to 2,26,334, while 16 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 875, a Health department official said.
Of the 3,600 new cases, 2,109 were reported from various quarantine centres and the rest were detected during contact tracing. Khurda district, of which State capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the maximum number of new cases at 766, followed by Cuttack at 358 and Mayurbhanj at 156. Thirteen districts reported over 100 cases.
Of the 16 fatalities, six were registered in Khurda, three in Nayagarh, two each in Balasore and Cuttack and one each in Bargarh, Jagatsinghpur and Kalahandi.
Ganjam district alone reported 220 of the 875 deaths in the State, followed by Khurda at 144 and Cuttack at 74.
Odisha currently has 35,326 active cases, while 1,90,080 people have recovered so far. Fifty-three people have died due to comorbidities, according to the official. As many as 33.48 lakh tests have been conducted so far, including 48,217 on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Director of Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar, Dr Sanghamitra Pati said Odisha is one of the States in the country to carry out Sero Survey at regular intervals.
“Sero Survey is a significant intervention which works as an indicator on anti-bodies against COVID-19,” she said.
Pati said the Sero Survey conducted in Gajapati district recently after Puri, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Rourkela revealed that the people in the southern Odisha district have the highest 64.67 per cent who developed anti-bodies.
“Sero Survey will begin in Malkangiri district from October 5. Then the third phase survey will be undertaken in Bhubaneswar. The survey will be carried out in Cuttack also,” she said.