Odisha reports 72 new COVID-19 cases, one more fatality

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Bhubaneswar, Feb 8 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 3,35,692 on Monday as 72 more people tested positive for the infection, while one fresh fatality pushed the death toll to 1,910, a health department official said.

Of the new cases, 44 were reported from quarantine centres and 28 detected during contact tracing.

Sundargarh recorded the highest number of fresh cases at 11, followed by Puri (8) and Mayurbhanj (7).

Eleven other districts - Boudh, Ganjam, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, keonjhar, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nayagarh and Nabarangpur - did not register any new case in the last 24 hours.

'Kandhamal and Malkangiri have become COVID free with no active cases in these districts,' the official said.

Taking to Twitter, the Health and Family Welfare department said, 'Regret to inform the demise of 74-year-old female COVID positive patient of Balasore district, who was also suffering from hypertension.' Of the total COVID-19 fatalities, Khurda accounted for 336, followed Ganjam (248), Sundargarh (173), Cuttack (142) and Puri (117).

Fifty-three other coronavirus patients have died due to comorbidities, the official said.

More than 2.75 lakh frontline workers have been administered the COVID-19 vaccine in Odisha till February 6.

There was no vaccination programme on Sunday.

Odisha now has 781 active cases, while 3,32,948 people have recovered from the disease.

The state has so far conducted over 78.84 lakh sample tests for COVID-19, including 20,341 on Sunday, and the positivity rate stands at 4.26 per cent. PTI AAM BDC BDC