Bhubaneswar, Oct 7 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 2,40,998 on Wednesday as 2,995 more people tested positive for the infection, while record 18 fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 958, a health official said.
The state had reported 17 coronavirus deaths on October 5, he said.
Four fresh fatalities were reported in Balasore district, two each in Nayagarh, Puri and Sundergarh, and one each in Boudh, Deogarh, Jajpur, Kandhamal, Khurda, Koraput, Mayurbhanj and Sambalpur, the official said.
Deogarh district reported its first coronavirus fatality, he said.
Ganjam district has so far reported the highest number of coronavirus deaths at 221, followed by Khurda (155) and Cuttack (82), the official said.
As many as 1,737 new cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,258 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, he said.
Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 568, followed by Cuttack (166) and Angul (142), the official said.
Odisha now has 29,770 active coronavirus cases, while 2,10,217 people have been cured of the disease so far, he said.
Fifty-three coronavirus patients have died due to other ailments so far, the official said.
The state has so far tested 35.69 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 45,358 on Tuesday, he added. PTI AAM ACD ACD