Odisha reports 394 new COVID-19 cases, meets 2 lakh daily vaccination target

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(Eds: Adding recoveries & vaccination target) Bhubaneswar, Apr 1 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 3,41,311 on Thursday as 394 more people tested positive for the infection, the highest single-day rise so far this year, a health department official said.

The state government, which has set a target to inoculate 2 lakh people daily from Thursday, could vaccinate 2,03,162 people including beneficiaries of 45 years old and above, he said.

The state during the day also registered recovery of 121 patients taking the total number of cured persons to 3,37,212, which is 98.79 per cent of the caseload.

Odisha's case fatality ratio (CFR) stands at 0.56 per cent while the positivity rate is 3.76 per cent, he said.

Of the new cases, 231 were reported from quarantine centres and 163 detected during contact tracing.

Khurda district of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part reported the highest number of new cases at 70, followed by Kalahandi (43), Nuapada (40), Bargarh (34), Sundargarh (31), Cuttack (27) and Angul (24).

The COVID-19 death toll remained at 1,921 as no fresh fatality due to the infection has been reported since Tuesday.

Fifty-three other COVID-19 patients have also died due to comorbidities, he said.

Odisha now has 2,125 active COVID-19 cases, which is 0.62 per cent of the caseload.

The state has tested over 90.73 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 29,260 on Wednesday.

The state commenced the COVID-19 vaccination for all people aged 45 years and above from Thursday.

By end of the day, official sources said that at least 2,03,162 people were inoculated on the first day against the states target of 2 lakh vaccination per day.

So far, the state has already vaccinated more than 26 lakh beneficiaries as on April 1.

In view of the surge in Covid cases in states and union territories, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has communicated to the state government that COVID Vaccination shall be operationalized on all days in all COVID Vaccination Centers(CVC).

Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare PK Mohapatra said that the vaccination programme will continue for both Public and Private CVCs, including the Gazette holidays during the month of April 2021.

Secondly, the number of CVCs should be increased to achieve the target fixed for different districts, Mohapatra said. PTI AAM RG RG