Odisha logs 100 plus new COVID-19 cases after 40 days, tally

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mounts to 3,38,599 Bhubaneswar, Mar 19 (PTI) After a gap of 40 days, Odisha on Friday registered 100 plus new COVID-19 cases pushing the state's coronavirus caseload to 3,38,599, a health department official said.

The 110 new cases were detected in 22 of Odisha's 30 districts, with 64 cases reported from quarantine centres and the remaining 46 are local contact cases.

Cuttack district reported the highest of 20 cases of which 13 were from a private college hostel. With this, the number of cases from a single institute in Cuttack city mounted to 25. Earlier on Thursday, 12 students had tested positive for the infection following which they were put in quarantine.

The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has closed the college for 10 days.

Cuttack district was followed by Khurda (15), Mayurbhanj and Nuapada (9 each), he said.

The official said that the state had reported 105 new cases on February 9. Since then, the daily new case reporting figure was in the double digits, he said.

The state's coronavirus death toll remained at 1,918 as no fresh fatality has been reported since March 13. This apart, 53 other COVID-19 patients have died in the state due to comorbidities.

Odisha currently has 705 active COVID-19 cases while 3,35,923 patients have recovered from the highly infectious disease.

The state has so far tested over 87.36 lakh samples for COVIOD-19 including 24,572 on Thursday while Odisha's positivity rate is 3.88 per cent, the data released by the Health and Family Welfare department said. PTI AAM RG RG