Odisha reports 143 fresh COVID-19 cases, 68,743 people inoculated

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 21 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 caseload climbed to 3,33,866 on Thursday after 143 people tested positive for the virus, while one more fatality pushed the coastal state's toll to 1,903, a health department official said.

Of the fresh cases detected in 23 of the 30 districts, 84 have been reported from different quarantine centres, while the remaining are local-contact cases.

Puri district recorded the highest of 23 new infections followed by Sundergarh (17) and Sambalpur (16).

Seven other districts- Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Kandhamal, Malkangiri, Nayagarh, Nabarngpur and Rayagada did not register any fresh case, he said.

The lone fatality was reported from Cuttack district.

As many as 53 other COVID-19 positive patients have also died due to comorbidities, the official said.

Khurda district, comprising state capital Bhubaneswar, has accounted for 334 COVID-19 deaths followed by Ganjam (248), Sundergarh (171), Cuttack (141) and Puri (119).

Odisha now has 1,589 active case, while 3,30,321 patients have recovered from the disease, he said.

It has thus far conducted over 74.77 lakh sample tests for COVID-19, including 25,737 on Wednesday. The positivity rate stands at 4.46 per cent, data released by the Health and Family Welfare Department said.

Meanwhile, the state intensified the ongoing inoculation drive by setting a target of administering COVID- 19 vaccines to 37,076 frontline workers, comprising health and sanitation workers in 436 session sites.

In a span of four days till Wednesday, 68,743 people have received the jabs, Health Director Bijay Kumar Panigahi said. PTI AAM SBN RBT RBT