Odisha reports 11,108 new COVID cases, 26 more deaths

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Bhubaneswar, May 22 (PTI) Odisha on Saturday reported 11,108 new COVID-19 cases and 26 more deaths, a Health Department official said.

The new cases were detected after testing 60,759 samples on Friday, taking the day's positive rate to 18.28 per cent.

So far, the state has reported 6,79,530 COVID-19 cases and 2,456 deaths, the official said.

Of the new infections, 6,219 were detected at quarantine centres while the remaining 4,889 were local contact cases.

There are 1,09,639 active cases in the state at present.

On Friday, 10,881 patients recovered, taking the total number of recoveries to 5,67,382.

Khurda district, of which the state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the highest 1,451 cases, followed by Cuttack (944), Angul (864), Sundergarh (708) and Balasore (509).

Kalahandi (39) is the lone district that reported new cases in double digits.

Of the 26 fresh fatalities, Khurda alone accounted for six deaths. Four people died in Kalahandi, three deaths each happened in Ganjam and Puri district, while Angul, Sundergarh and Balasore districts reported two deaths each.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated a 150-bed district COVID hospital at Puri's Jagannath Medical College.

The facility, built in collaboration with Bhubaneswar's SUM Hospital, has 90 general oxygen beds, 40 HDU and 20 ICU beds. It is also equipped with a high-quality laboratory and diagnostics facility.

The chief minister said on Thursday that the hospital will be helpful in providing better medical care to critical COVID-19 patients of the district and they won't have to search for beds in Bhubaneswar or Cuttack.

The entire operational expenditure of the COVID hospital will be borne by the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF), Patnaik announced, adding that all the beds have been connected with oxygen pipeline, and their number will increase, if required. PTI AAM SOM SOM

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