(Eds: Updating with latest figures) Bhubaneswar, Sep 3 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally rose to 1,13,411 on Thursday as 3,631 more people tested positive for the disease, while eight fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 522, a health department official said.
The state also registered the recovery of as many as 3,278 patients taking the total number of people cured of the infection to 87,351.
Of the fresh cases, 2,214 were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,417 tested positive for COVID-19 during contact tracing, he said.
The new cases were found in all the 30 districts of the state.
Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the maximum number of fresh cases at 722, followed by Cuttack at 370, Mayurbhanj at 365 and Bargarh at 238, the official said.
He said 24 other districts reported less than 200 new cases each.
'Regret to inform the demise of eight #COVID-19 positive patients while under treatment in hospitals,' the Health and Family Welfare Department said on Twitter.
Of the fresh fatalities, three were reported from Ganjam, two from Cuttack and one each from Balasore, Kandhamal and Khurda.
Ganjam accounted for 197 of the 522 COVID-19 deaths in the state, followed by 70 in Khurda, the official said.
'Odisha's fatality rate stands at 0.46 per cent. We have been trying to further reduce it,' said Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare P K Mohapatra.
Odisha now has 25,485 active cases.
The state has tested 19,50,591 samples, including 59,492 on Wednesday, he added.
On the rising trend of the COVID cases in the state, Odisha's Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Dr CBK Mohanty said the situation will improve within the coming 45 days.
Odisha's recovery rate is good as compared to other states. And the fatality rate is also less, he added.
On plasma therapy, the DMET director said so far 565 patients have been given the therapy, of whom 114 have recovered while the condition of remaining patients is stable.
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