Odisha reports 84 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 3,38,489

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 18 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 3,38,489 on Thursday as 84 more people, including 12 students of a private college in Cuttack, tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.

Of the new cases, 49 were reported from quarantine centres and 35 detected during contact tracing.

Cuttack district recorded the highest number of new cases at 25, followed by Sundargarh (10) and Bargarh (9).

'Twelve students of a private college are among new patients and have been quarantined in the institute's hostel.

Efforts are being made to trace their contacts,' Cuttack Municipal Corporation's health official Satyabrata Mohapatra said.

The college will remain closed for 10 days as a precautionary measure, he said.

The death toll remained at 1,918 as no fresh fatality has been reported since March 13.

Fifty-three other COVID-19 patients have also died in the state due to comorbidities, the official said.

Odisha now has 661 active cases, and 3,35,857 patients have recovered from the disease.

The state has so far conducted over 87.12 lakh sample tests, including 24,984 on Wednesday, and the positivity rate stands at 3.89 per cent, he added. PTI AAM BDC BDC