Covid fatalities in Odisha surpass 7000 mark, 720 new cases in past 24 hours

Bhubaneswar : The covid toll in Odisha today surpassed the 7000 marks with 68 more people succumbing to the virus in the past 24 hours.

Health and Family Welfare department sources said 68 people undergoing treatment succumbed to the virus taking the total covid fatalities in the state to 7021, registering 0.97 per cent of the total covid cases in the state.

During the period 720 new covid cases were reported which included 421 from the quarantine centres and 299 as local contact cases pushing the covid tally in the state to 9,96,153.

The health experts are worried as in the past three days over 350 covid positive cases were reported in the age group of 0 to 18 years. Out of 720 new cases found in the past 24 hours, 96 were in the age group of 0 to 18 years.

Except for the Khordha district which recorded a maximum of 279 new cases(38.7 per cent of the total covid cases), all the other 29 districts in the state reported less than 100 cases.

Gajapati district in Southern Odisha however is the only district that reported no covid positive case in the past 24 hours. At least 14 of the total 30 districts in the state recorded single-digit covid cases in the past 24 hours.

Official sources said out of fresh 68 deaths reported in the state in the past 24 hours, Sambalpur district in Western Odisha recorded the highest number of 14 deaths followed by eight each in Jagatsinghpur and Angul, seven in Jajpur and six each in Balasore and Kendrapara districts.

Sources said 1167 people were recovered from the virus on Monday taking the total recoveries in the state to 9,79,407 which is 98.31 per cent of the total covid tally in the state.

The Active cases further declined to less than 10k to remain at 9672 in the past 24 hours with Khordha and Cuttack districts registering the highest number of 3532 and 1282 active cases respectively.

These two coastal districts together accounted for 49.7 per cent of the total active cases in the state.

The daily state test positivity rate remained 1.4 per cent for the second consecutive day today. All the 30 districts in the state recorded less than 5 per cent TPR with Cuttack reporting 4.1 per cent, the highest in the state while 20 districts reported TPR less than one per cent.