Bhubaneswar : For the second straight day Odisha reported over 2,000 new Covid cases, while 60 plus deaths were registered for the fifth day in a row, Health and family Welfare Department sources said on Thursday.
In the past 24 hours, as many as 2,110 new Covid cases were reported from 30 districts, while 66 patients succumbed to the virus from 13 districts.
With these, the total covid tally in the state surged to 9,47,859 while the fatalities rose to 4861.The recovery went up to 9,20,646 and the active cases further reduced to 22,299.
The Test Positivity Rate(TPR) today marginally reduced to 2.92 percent as out of 72,332 tests conducted in the state in the past 24 hours, 2110 tested covid positive.
The Health department sources said during the last 24 hours 1,213 new infections were reported from quarantine centres and the rest 897 as local contact cases. Since July 11 last the state has been reporting local contact cases below 1,000.
Of the 2,110 new cases, Khordha district registered a maximum of 458 cases followed by Cuttack ( 323), Balasore ( 168),Kendrapara (132) and Puri ( 113).All the rest 25 districts have reported less than 100 new cases during the period.
As far as the active cases are concerned, Khordha district has the highest number of 4753 cases followed by 3191 in Cuttack.These two districts together accounted for 35.64 percent and majority of them were found in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
Besides Khordha and Cuttack, five other districts such as Balasore, Kendrapara,Puri and Mayurbhanj have active cases between 1001 and 2000.The other 24 districts have less than 100 active cases.
Official sources said only four of the 30 districts in the state have test positivity rate more than 5 per cent. They are Puri ( 7 per cent), Nayagarh (6.2), Jagatsinghpur(5.6) and Cuttack (5.5).
The other 26 districts have the TPR less than 5 per cent and ten of them have reported TPR less than 1 per cent. Jharuguda and Ganjam districts have the lowest TPR of 0.2 per cent.
Sources said the state government will issue new guidelines today as the partial lockdown in the state will come to an end at 0600 hrs on July 16.
The state government had already declared A and B category districts on the basis of the Test Positivity Rate and accordingly 20 districts were declared as A category districts with more relaxations during the lockdown in comparison to the rest 10 B category districts.
Sources said basing on the latest TPR some more districts might be included as A category districts in the new guideline while at least six to seven other districts mostly in coastal Odisha will remain in B category state where the weekend shutdown is still in force.
The night curfew from 1800 hrs to 0600 hrs has been imposed in the entire state since May 5 last.