Odisha reports 98 new COVID-19 cases, tally at 3,38,817

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 21 (PTI) Odishas COVID-19 tally on Sunday surged to 3,38,817 after 98 more people tested positive for the infection, while one more fatality, after a gap of eight days, pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,919, a health department official said.

Of the new cases, 58 were reported from different quarantine centres, while 40 fresh infections were detected during contact tracing.

Khurda district reported the highest number of new cases at 15, followed by Cuttack (9) and Mayurbhanj (8), he said.

'Regret to inform the demise of a 15 yr Male COVID-19 positive patient of Khurda who was also suffering from Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma with immunocompromised status,' the Health and Family Welfare department tweeted.

With the new fatality, the coronavirus death toll in Khurda district mounted to 340.

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

The coastal state at present has 779 active COVID-19 cases while 3,36,066 patients have recovered from the infection.

As many as 87.88 lakh tests have been conducted for detection of coronavirus in the state, including 26,237 on Saturday.

Odishas positivity rate stands at 3.86 per cent, the data released by the Health and Family Welfare department said. PTI AAM SBN MM MM