Odisha reports 1,474 new COVID-19 cases, 12 fresh fatalities

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(Eds: Adding recoveries, CMs review and details) Bhubaneswar, Nov 4 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 caseload Wednesday mounted to 2,95,889 as 1,474 more people tested positive for the infection, while 12 fresh fatalities pushed the toll in the pandemic to 1,364, a health department official said.

The state also registered recovery of as many as 1520 more patients taking the total number of people cured from infection to 2,82,073, which is 95.33 per cent of the caseload.

The states case fatality ratio (CFR) now stands at 0.46 per cent, the official said.

Of the new 1474 new cases detected from all the 30 districts of the state, 855 were from quarantine centres, while the remaining 619 infections were detected during contact tracing, he said.

Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the highest number of new cases at 175, followed by Cuttack at 120 and Sundargarh at 104, the official said.

Taking to Twitter, the Health and Family Welfare Department said, 'Regret to inform the demise of twelve #COVID-19 positive patients while under treatment in hospitals.' Three fresh fatalities each were reported from Malkangiri and Mayurbhanj, two from Khurda and one each from Jharsuguda, Jajpur, Keonjhar and Rayagada districts, he said.

Khurda district has so far reported the maximum number of coronavirus fatalities at 236, followed by Ganjam (230) and Cuttack (113), the official said.

Fifty-three coronavirus patients have so far died in the state due to other ailments, he said.

Odisha now has 12,399 active cases, which is 4.19 per cent of the states COVID019 caseload.

The state has so far tested 47.36 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 48,947 on Tuesday, he said.

The positivity rate in the state currently stands at 6.25 per cent, he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while reviewing the prevailing corona situation said the state is likely to face the second wave of the infection in mid December if strict measures are not taken from now.

He asked senior officials to visit different districts and ensure that the guidelines are implemented strictly during the Diwali festival.

He also suggested officials prepare a protocol for treatment of the people developing health complications after recovering from the contagion.

Additional chief secretary P K Mohapatra said COVID-19 testing in Odisha is more than the national average. While 83,000 tests are conducted per 10 lakh population in the country, Odisha's average is 1.02 lakh tests.

He said the state also reported more recoveries than the national average. While the rate of recovery in national level stands at 92 per cent, it is 95.33 in Odisha.

The mortality rate in Odisha due to the pandemic is 0.46 percent which is one of the lowest in the country, Mohapatra added. PTI AAM KK KK KK