Odisha reports 2,215 new COVID-19 cases, 66 fresh fatalities

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Bhubaneswar, Jul 18 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally soared to 9,54,326 on Sunday as 2,215 more people tested positive for the infection, while the state's coronavirus death toll crossed the 5,000-mark as 66 fresh fatalities were registered, a health official said.

The fresh fatalities reported in 16 of the 30 districts pushed the state's death toll to 5,058 even as the total number of COVID tests also breached the 1.5 crore-mark.

Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, recorded the highest number of new cases at 483, followed by Cuttack (348) and Balasore (150).

As many as 1,272 new cases were registered in quarantine centres, while 943 infections were detected during contact tracing, even as the daily test positivity rate (TPR) dipped to 2.85 per cent, he said.

Khurda also registered the highest number of fresh fatalities at 23, followed by Ganjam (eight) and Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh (six each).

So far, Khurda has reported the highest number of coronavirus deaths, at 897, followed by Sundargarh (440) and Ganjam (416).

The state now has 21,289 active cases, while 9,27,926 people have recovered from the disease to date, including 2,400 on Saturday.

Fifty-three other coronavirus patients have died due to comorbidities to date.

The state has thus far tested over 1.50 crore samples for COVID-19, including 77,519 in the last 24 hours. The cumulative positivity rate stands at 6.33 per cent.

Only Puri, Nayagarh, Khurda and Cuttack districts have TPR above five per cent, while it's below two per cent in 17 districts, and between two and five per cent in the remaining nine districts, the official said.

Odisha's case fatality ratio (CFR) is 0.53 per cent, one of the lowest in the country.

The state government has administered 1.4 crore doses thus far. A total of 1,539 pregnant women have been inoculated to date, he added. PTI AAM ACD ACD

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