(Adding recoveries, CM's statement and month end summary) Bhubaneswar, Sep 30 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 2,19,119 on Wednesday as 3,443 more people tested positive for the disease, while 14 fresh fatalities pushed the toll due to the disease in the state to 842, a health department official said.
The state also registered the recovery of as many as 4,219 patients taking the total number of cured persons to 1,85,700, which is 84.71 per cent of the states caseload.
The case fatality ratio continues to stand at 0.38 per cent since a week, he said.
The new cases were detected in all the 30 districts of the state, he said.
At least 2,017 fresh cases were reported from quarantine centres, while 1,426 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, he said.
Khurda district, of which Bhubaneswar is a part, recorded the highest number of new cases at 601, followed by Cuttack at 359 and Balasore at 152.
'Regret to inform the demise of fourteen COVID positive patients while under treatment in hospitals,' the health and family welfare department said on Twitter.
Of the fresh fatalities, three each were reported from Khurda and Nayagarh, two from Puri, and one each from Balasore, Bhadrak, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kalahandi and Kandhamal districts, the official said.
Ganjam accounted for 220 of 842 deaths reported in the state so far, followed by Khurda (134) and Cuttack (70), he said.
With the fresh recoveries, Odishas active cases declined to 32,524 from 36,743. The states active case ratio now stands at 14.83 per cent.
The state has conducted over 32.50 lakh sample tests, including 50,147 on Tuesday, he added.
The official data released by the health and family welfare department for the month showed that as many as 1,15,573 new cases have been added to the states infection tally in September.
The state also registered 350 fatalities in the last 30 days, as per the data.
This is more than the figures for August when the number of new cases was 71,771 new cases and 306 fatalities were added in a span of 31 days.
Health and Family Welfare Minister N K Das told the Assembly that the state needs to remain prepared to deal with the situation.
Keeping in view the surge of positive cases in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the state government Wednesday decided to operate all offices except essential services in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack with 50 per cent of its staff during October.
The state will have five-day week as offices will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays, a notification issued by the general administration department said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a statement expressed happiness over the World Health Organisation praising Odishas effective governance and community-based strategies to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to keep the fatality rate very low.
WHO has highlighted the early response, dedicated COVID-19 hospitals, ramped up testing and decentralised management of the pandemic through gram panchayats, Patnaik said. PTI AAM KK KK