Odisha reports 113 new COVID-19 cases, 1.94 lakh HCWs inoculated

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(Eds: Adding recoveries & updating vaccination) Bhubaneswar, Jan 28 (PTI) No COVID-19 death was reported in Odisha for the second consecutive day, while 113 new coronavirus cases pushed the tally to 3,34,780, a Health Department official said on Thursday.

The state, which has been identified among the best performing states in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, also registered recovery of 132 patients, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,31,667, which is 99.07 per cent of the caseload, the official said.

Odisha's case fatality ratio (CFR) stands at 0.56 per cent, he said.

At least 50.7 per cent of targeted healthcare workers (HCW) have been inoculated so far, a senior official said, adding that Odisha ranked number 2 among all states and UTs after Lakhsadweep.

With 15,831 HCWs getting the vaccine on Thursday, the total number of beneficiaries so far inoculated in the state surged to 1,94,058, he said.

The state government began the second spell of the first phase of inoculation in 230 session sites across all 30 districts during the day. Of the targeted 19,770 HCWs for vaccination on Thursday, 15,831 turned up for inoculation, which is 80 per cent, he said.

Director of Health and Family Welfare Bijay Panigrahi urged all healthcare workers to get the vaccines after receiving a message. Those who do not turn up for inoculation, will not get vaccinated free of cost in the future, Panigrahi said.

Meanwhile, the official said of the 113 new positive cases detected on Thursday, 67 were reported from different quarantine centres.

Sambalpur district recorded the highest number of 18 new cases, followed by Sundargarh (17) and Nuapada (11).

Eleven districts -- Boudh, Deogarh, Dhenkanal, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nayagarh, Nabarangpur and Subarnapur -- did not register any cases since Wednesday.

So far, the state reported 1,906 COVID-19 deaths.

Another 53 COVID-19 patients have died due to comorbidities, an official said.

There are 1,154 active cases in the state which is 0.34 per cent of the caseload.

The state has so far tested 76.35 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 23,174 on Wednesday.

Odisha's positivity rate now is 4.38 per cent. PTI AAM RG RG