Odisha reports 1,617 new COVID-19 cases, 13 fresh fatalities

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(Eds: Adding more details) Bhubaneswar, Oct 29 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 2,87,099 on Thursday as 1,617 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.

Thirteen fresh fatalities pushed the coastal state's coronavirus death toll to 1,297, he said.

As many as 941 new cases were reported in quarantine centres, while 676 infections were detected during contact tracing, the official said.

At least 1,908 patients were cured of the disease during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 2,72,038, which is 94.75 per cent of Odisha's caseload, he said.

Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 222, followed by Cuttack (128) and Sundargarh (93), he said.

Two fresh fatalities each were recorded in Khurda, Cuttack, Balasore, Nuapada and Angul, and one each in Keonjhar, Jagatsinghpur and Sambalpur districts, the official said.

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

Ganjam district has reported the highest number of coronavirus fatalities at 228, followed by Khurda (223) and Cuttack (108), the official said.

Odisha now has 13,711 active coronavirus cases, which accounted for 4.77 per cent of the state's total caseload, he said.

The state has so far tested over 44.63 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 41,395 on Wednesday, the official said, adding that the positivity rate stands at 6.43 per cent.

Meanwhile, the state government has extended the functioning of the COVID-19 facilities, which have signed MoUs with the administration, till December 31. PTI AAM ACD BDC BDC