Odisha logs 138 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 3,34,667

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(Eds: Adding recoveries & updating vaccination) Bhubaneswar, Jan 27 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally on Wednesday mounted to 3,34,667 as 138 more people tested positive for the disease, a health department official said.

The state also registered 108 patients recuperating from the disease, taking the total number of COVID-19 cured persons to 3,31,535, which is 99.06 per cent of the caseload, he said.

Odisha's case fatality rate (CFR) now stands at 0.56 per cent, the official said.

Of the 108 new cases, 81 were reported from quarantine centres and 57 detected during contact tracing.

Cuttack district recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 26, followed by Nuapada and Sundargarh at 15 each.

Six districts -- Dhenkanal, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Koraput, Nayagarh and Nabarangpur -- did not register any new case since Tuesday, the official said.

The death toll remained at 1,906 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours, he said.

Official sources said 1,78,227 people have received COVID-19 vaccine in the state so far.

'The state has achieved 92 per cent immunisation coverage as it has set a target to vaccinate 1,92,555 healthcare workers in the first phase,' Health and Family Welfare Director Bijay Panigrahi said.

He also said the next phase of the inoculation drive resumed in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday and will begin in other parts of the state on January 28.

All healthcare workers who are remaining absent from vaccination after receiving a message, will not be given a further chance for free vaccination by the government, Panigrahi said.

A 27-year-old healthcare worker of the Nuapada District Headquarters Hospital died on Tuesday, three days after taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The state health department said his death was not related to vaccination.

So far, 19 persons administered with COVID-19 vaccine in Odisha have shown side effects, a senior official said.

Of the 1,906 COVID-19 fatalities reported in the state so far, Khurda districts accounted for 335, followed by Ganjam (248), Sundargarh (173), Cuttack (141) and Puri (117).

Fifty-three other COVID-19 patients have also died due to comorbidity, the official said.

Odisha now has 1,173 active COVID-19 cases, which is 0,35 per cent of the caseload.

The government also started RT-PCR tests for servitors of the Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri from Wednesday.

The state has so far conducted over 76.12 lakh sample tests for COVID-19, including 24,110 on Tuesday, and the positivity rate stands at 4.4 per cent, he added. PTI AAM RG RG