Covid claims 68 more lives in Odisha, toll rises to 5,902, Tally surges to 9,77,268 with 1578 fresh cases

Bhubaneswar : Showing no let up in the covid fatalities in Odisha since last fortnight, 68 more people succumbed to the virus in the past 24 hours pushing the death toll in the state to 5902.

The covid positive cases in the state shut up to 9,77,268 after 1578 people tested positive in the last 24 hours, registering test positivity rate at 2.18 percent.

Official sources said 1841 more covid patients were cured in the state on Friday taking the total recoveries in the state to 9,54,929.

The active cases further reduced to 16,384.

Health and Family Welfare Department sources said in the past 24 hours 68 covid patients under treatment succumbed to the virus in 20 districts.

Angul district recorded the highest fatalities of eight followed by 7 each in Khordha and Ganjam and five each in Puri and Balasore district.

Khordha district has so far lost a maximum number of 1145 lives in the state followed by Sundargarh ( 520), Ganjam (442),Cuttack ( 349) and Puri(344).

In the past 24 hours,915 new infections were reported from quarantine centres and 663 as local contact cases from all the 30 districts.

Khordha district continued to remain in top in daily covid load with 436 cases followed by Cuttack ( 212), Balasore ( 78) and Jajpur (77).

These four districts together accounted for 50 percent of the total covid positive cases reported in the state in the past 24 hours.

Sources said for the second time, all the 30 districts in the state recorded test positivity rate below 5 percent.

Earlier on July 20 also all the districts registered TPR below five percent.

Deogarh district in Western Odisha and Khordha in coastal Odisha have reported highest TPR 4.5 percent and 4.2 percent respectively while Koraput district in southern Odisha recorded the
lowest TPR of 0.1 percent.

As many as 16 of the total 30 districts in the state have recorded TPR less than one percent.

Out of 16384 active cases in the state, Khordha district reported a maximum of 4614 cases followed by Cuttack (2102) and Balasore(1039).These three districts together accounted for 47.32 percent of total active cases in the state.

Sources said the partial lockdown which was extended till 5 AM of August 1 in the entire state with more relaxations in 20 districts under category A and less relaxation in 10 category B districts, is likely to be extended in some coastal districts witnessing high active cases and test positivity rate.

The partial lockdown restrictions are likely to continue for another fortnight in few coastal districts while complete unlocking might be introduced in the districts where the TPR has been registering less than one percent for the last fortnight.

Besides partial lockdown, weekend shutdown is in force in ten coastal Odisha districts under category B while night curfew has been imposed in the entire state with more relaxations in the
timings in category A districts.