Odisha logs 214 new COVID-19 cases, highest since mid-January

BHUBANESWAR: In the steepest single day spike in the past two months, Odisha on Thursday logged 214 new COVID-19 cases pushing the state’s coronavirus caseload to 3,39,460 while the numbers of active cases have surged to 1,151 with the latest surge in virus infections.

The state had last registered 222 positive cases on 14 January, more than today’s COVID-19 tally.

Amid spike in infection, the redeeming feature of State’s battle against Coronavirus lies in the fact that the State has not recorded fatality since the past four days. Besides, Malkangiri and Nayagarh districts continue to remain ‘coronavirus free’ as no active case exists there.

The state’s coronavirus death toll continues to remain static at 1,919 with no fresh fatality reported in the past 24 hours. This apart, 53 other COVID-19 patients have died in the state due to comorbidities.

The fresh cases included 33 from Khordha district, 20 each from Cuttack and Balangir districts. Among them, 126 are from quarantine and 88 local contact cases.

The case fatality rate (CFR) currently stands at 0.56% in Odisha in comparison to national average of 1.37% CFR. 66% are men while the remaining 34% are women.

The State’s recovery rate currently stands at 99.12% with as many as 3,36,266  patients cured of the disease so far while the country’s recovery rate currently stands at 95.28%. Odisha currently has 1,151 active cases, which account for 0.33% of total positive cases registered in the State. At present the country has 3.14% active cases out of the total caseload.

The State’s share is 2.95% in the country’s confirmed virus caseload while the active cases are 0.43% of India’s total active cases. The number of cured patients accounts for 3.04% of the country’s total recovery. Odisha has so far reported 1.2% of the country’s Coronavirus deaths.

The state has so far tested 88,92,109 samples for COVIOD-19 including 30,729 on Wednesday while Odisha’s positivity rate is 3.82 per cent.

Meanwhile, aware of the latest spike in COVID- 19 cases in the state, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has decided to keep the 12th-century shrine in Puri closed for a day in a week for disinfection of the premises.

The spurt in positive cases in Brahamanpada village in Sinapali block Nuapada district bordering Chhattisgarh has become a cause of bother for health authorities. Of the 56 samples tested from the village, as many as 29 tested positive.  

Two districts- Malkangiri and Nabarangpur- are currently placed under night curfew by the local administration even though virus outbreak is on a lesser scale in these regions.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities on Thursday began RT-PCR test of hostel inmates of all educational institutions in the capital city amid reports of students contracting the disease in higher educational institutions.

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