Odisha reports 868 new COVID-19 cases, 15 fresh fatalities

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(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs) Bhubaneswar, Nov 18 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 3,10,920 on Wednesday as 868 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

Fifteen more patients succumbed to the disease, pushing the coastal state's coronavirus death toll to 1,575, he said adding that the states case fatality ratio (CFR) stands at 0.50 per cent.

The state also registered recovery of 1,303 patients taking the total number of cured people to 3,01,777, which is 97.05 per cent of the caseload.

As many as 502 new cases were reported from quarantine centres, while 366 infections were detected during contact tracing, the official said.

Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of new cases at 102, followed by Sundergarh (82) and Cuttack (65), he said.

Three fresh fatalities were reported in Sundergarh, two each in Gajapati, Sambalpur and Subarnapur, and one each in Balasore, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Khurda, Koraput and Mayurbhanj, the official said.

Fifty-three coronavirus patients have died due to comorbidities so far, he said.

Khurda district has so far reported the highest number of coronavirus fatalities at 270, followed by Ganjam (233), Cuttack (125) and Sundergarh (106), the official said.

The state now has 7,515 active coronavirus cases, which is 2.41 per cent of Odisha's caseload.

Odisha has so far tested over 53.76 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 45,455 on Tuesday, the official said, adding the state's positivity rate stands at 5.78 per cent, the official added.

Meanwhile, the state government on Wednesday designated a COVID hospital for the treatment of front line workers, an official said.

At least 75 COVID warriors including doctors, other health workers, police personnel and teachers have died of the disease in the state so far.

While reviewing the corona situation in the state, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said pregnant women and people above 60 years of age will get priority in the vaccine distribution programme.

Patnaik said that the state is ready with facilities to face the possible second wave of the pandemic on the onset of the winter.

He said that the USA, European countries and New Delhi have already faced the brunt of the second wave. PTI AAM NN NN