Odisha reports 3031 nCoV cases, 43 deaths in past 24 hours

Bhubaneswar : The COVID-19 tally in Odisha on Monday surged to 8,80,553 with the detection of 3,031 new cases while the fatalities jumped to 3,633 with 43 patients succumbing to the virus.

According to Health and Family Welfare department sources 3031 new cases were reported from all the 30 districts in the past 24 hours.They included 1738 from the quarantine centres and 1,293 local contact cases.

Sources said as many as 19 districts in the state reported less than 100 new infection cases in the past 24 hours. Khordha district registered highest number of 381 cases followed by Cuttack (295), Balasore (290), Jajpur (226) and Puri (180).

For the first time after almost after a gap of two months, the covid positive cases in Khordha district reported less than 400. The district remained in the top of the district tally by registering the highest number of covid positive cases in between 500 to 2000 during the last two months.

Out of 43 covid deaths reported from 15 districts in the state in the past 24 hours,Khordha accounted for a maximum of seven fatalities followed by five each in Cuttack and Bargarh district, four each in Jharsuguda and Puri district.

While three each died in Ganjm and Koraput district,two each succumbed to the virus in four districts and one each in four districts.

During the last one month the positive cases have drastically come down from 12523 on May 20 to 3031 on June 20.The active cases also dipped during the period from 1,09,438 to 36,633.

Official sources said the Test Positivity Rate has been reduced to 4.96 percent as out of 61,000 tests conducted on Sunday,only 3031 tested covid positive.

Only six districts in the state have reported TPR more than 7.5 percent.They are Khordha, Nayagarh, Puri,Jajpur,Bhadrak and Matyurbhanj. While seven districts have TPR in between 5 percent to 7.5 percent, 17 districts have reported TPR less than 5 percent.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched a new scheme christened as “ Arshirbad” for providing financial assistance , health and educational support to the children who have become orphan during covid pandemic.

The scheme was launched for education, maintenance and care of children who lost their parents or key earning member of the family in covid from April 2020 onwards.

Mr.Patnaik said the child who lost both the father and mother or single parent shall get Rs. 2500/- per month and the child who lost either the principal earning member or mother shall get Rs.1500/- per month through direct bank transfer.

In addition, these children have been included in various welfare schemes of the Government.Any caregiver relative of the children, if found eligible for assistance under Government Schemes will be provided with the benefits on priority basis.

The children will also get free treatment under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and will be included as beneficiaries under National Food Security Act(NFSA).