Bhubaneswar, Mar 17 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 caseload on Wednesday mounted to 3,38,405 after 82 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.
The new cases were detected in 20 of the state's 30 districts, with 48 reported from different quarantine centres and the remaining 34 local contact cases.
Mayurbhanj district recorded the highest of 11 new cases followed by Khurda (9), Bargarh and Sundergarh (7 each).
Two districts Boudh and Malkangiri are COVID-19 free as no new cases are detected in their jurisdiction since last two days.
Odisha's coronavirus death toll remained at 1,918 as no fresh fatality is reported since March 13, he said.
This apart, 53 other COVID-19 positive patients have died in the state due to comorbidities, he said.
Currently the state has 638 active COVID-19 cases, while as many as 3,35,796 patients have recovered from the highly infectious disease.
The state has so far tested over 86.87 lakh samples for COVID-19 tests including 25,401 on Tuesday. Odisha's positivity rate stands at 3.9 per cent, a data released by the Health and Family Welfare department said.
Meanwhile, the district administration of Puri launched the COVID-19 vaccination drive for Shree Jagannath temple servitors in presence of the district magistrate-cum collector Samarth Verma.
About 100 servitors of more than 60 years of age will be vaccinated, Verma said, adding that the servitors in the age group of 45-59 years having co-morbidities like diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer can also be vaccinated after informing about their illnesses. PTI AAM RG RG