Odisha reports record 52 Covid deaths in single day

Bhubaneswar : Odisha reported a record 52 Covid deaths and 2,803 cases in the past 24 hours taking the total fatalities in the state to 4,248 and tally to 9,24,699, Health and family Welfare department sources said on Monday.

The highest single day toll of 47 deaths in the past was recorded on June 11 and again on June 25.

The sources said 52 Covid patients from 18 districts under treatment succumbed to the virus. They included a highest number of nine deaths from Khorhda followed by five each in Bargarh, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Puri and Sundargarh. Three deaths were reported from coastal Kendrapara district.

For the third consecutive day, the state reported less than 3K new infections as 1597 cases were reported from the quarantine centres and 1206 as local contact cases from all the 30 districts.

Khordha registered the highest number of 475 cases followed by Cuttack ( 441),Mayurbhanj (193),Balasore (155) and Puri ( 154).

As many as 20 of the 30 districts in the state reported less than 100 new cases in the past 24 hours while the test positivity rate dipped to 3.75 percent as out of 74,740 tests conducted in the past 24 hours only 2803 tested positive.

Official sources said Nayagarh district registered the highest TPR of 7.9 percent while eight districts such as Bargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Nuapada, Deogarh, Sonepur ( all in Western Odisha ) and Ganjam and Gajapati in Southern Odisha reported TPR less than one percent.

The total recoveries soared to 8,90,778 with the recovery of 3358 people from the virus on Sunday.

The active cases in the state further reduced to 29,620. Khordha district continued to remain on the top with 5224 cases followed by Cuttack ( 4342),Balasore( 2872) and Jajpur ( 2038).

Meanwhile, on Sunday Odisha crossed the milestone of vaccinating more than one crore people with the first dose of Covid vaccines.

Sources said so far 1,22,36483 doses have been administered in the state which included 1,00,16,630 as first dose. Already 22,19,853 people in the state have been fully vaccinated.

The state government has planned to vaccinate more than three lakh people every day but due to shortage of vaccines, it could only vaccinate on an average two lakh to 2.5 lakh people.

Additional Chief Secretary ( Health) P K Mohapatra said the state is steadily inching towards universal vaccination of its eligible population with the target of vaccinating three lakh people per day.