Odisha logs 2,917 new COVID-19 cases, 45 fresh fatalities

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Bhubaneswar, Jul 3 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 9,19,026 on Saturday as 2,917 more people tested positive for the infection, while 45 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 4,154, a health department official said.

Some of the cyclone Yaas-hit districts such as Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Cuttack, Khurda and Bhadrak have been reporting daily more than 100 coronavirus cases each, which is a cause of concern, he said.

The COVID situation in western districts bordering Chhattishgarh and Jharkhand has improved, the official said.

Of the 2,917 new cases, 1,677 were reported from quarantine centres and the remaining 1,240 detected during contact tracing.

Khurda district, which comprises the state capital Bhubaneswar, reported the highest number of new cases at 549, followed by Cuttack (422), Balasore (237), Mayurbhanj (165) and Jajpur (218).

Several districts such as Deogarh, Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Gajapati and Nuapada have reported new infections in single digits.

The state government has relaxed COVID restrictions in most of these districts in western and southern regions of the state as the pandemic situation has improved there.

Taking to Twitter, the Health and Family Welfare department said, 'Regret to inform demise of forty-five COVID patients while under treatment in hospitals.' Of the fresh fatalities, nine were reported from Khurda district, five each from Bargarh and Cuttack, four from Dhenkanal and three from Koraput, Sambalpur, Subarnapur and Sundargarh.

Two deaths each were registered in Nayagarh and Puri, while one patient each succumbed to the disease in Angul, Ganjam, Jharsuguda, Kandhamal, Kendrapara and Mayurbhanj.

Fifty-three other COVID-19 patients have died due to comorbidities, he said.

Odisha now has 30,557 active cases, while 3,265 patients were cured of the disease on Friday, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,84,262 patients.

The state has conducted over 1.39 crore sample tests for COVID-19, including 71,554 on Friday, and the positivity rate stands at 6.57 per cent.

The government has divided 30 districts of the state into 'A' and 'B' categories when it announced extension of the partial lockdown on June 30 for 15 more days till 5 AM on July 16.

Twenty districts where the test positivity rate (TPR) remains less than five per cent are in the 'A' category, while the remaining 10 coastal districts, where the number of cases is high, are in the category 'B'.

The weekend shutdown has been withdrawn from the 'A' category districts, while such restriction continued in areas falling under 'B'.

The shutdown started from 6 AM on Saturday in Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore and Mayurbhanj.

Medicine shops, hospitals and essential services have been exempted from the weekend lockdown. PTI AAM BDC BDC

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