(Eds: Adding more details) Bhubaneswar, Oct 2 (PTI) Single-day recoveries outnumbered new COVID-19 cases in Odisha for the fifth consecutive day as 4,048 patients were cured of the disease and 3,600 people tested positive for the infection on Friday, a health department official said.
The recovery rate in the coastal state currently stands at 85.77 per cent, he said.
'Odisha has been reporting more recoveries than fresh COVID-19 cases since September 28. So far, 1,94,128 people have been cured of the disease,' the official said.
The death toll rose to 875 with 16 people succumbing to the infection, he said, adding that the fatality ratio stands at 0.38 per cent.
The fresh coronavirus cases have raised the tally to 2,26,334, he said.
Of the 3,600 new cases, 2,109 were reported from various quarantine centres and the rest were detected during contact tracing, he said.
Khurda district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, reported the maximum number of new cases at 766, followed by Cuttack at 358 and Mayurbhanj at 156.
Thirteen districts reported over 100 cases.
'Regret to inform the demise of sixteen #COVID19 positive patients while under treatment in hospitals,' the Health and Family Welfare Department said on Twitter.
Of the 16 fatalities, six were registered in Khurda, three in Nayagarh, two each in Balasore and Cuttack, and one each in Bargarh, Jagatsinghpur, and Kalahandi.
Ganjam district alone reported 220 of the 875 deaths in the state, followed by Khurda at 144 and Cuttack at 74.
Odisha currently has 31,278 active cases, which accounted for 13.81 per cent of the state's coronavirus caseload.
Fifty-three coronavirus patients have died due to comorbidities, according to the official.
As many as 33.48 lakh tests have been conducted so far, including 48,217 on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Bhubaneswar's COVID-19 tally increased to 22,547 with 312 fresh cases reported on Friday, the official said.
The number of active cases in the state capital now stands to 3,514, while 329 people were cured of the disease during the day, taking the number of recoveries to 18,914.
The death toll in the city reached 100 with four new fatalities, the official added.
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, ruling BJD on Friday launched a month-long awareness programme on the COVID-19 pandemic and distributed face masks.
State minister Ashok Panda said party leaders and workers will go to villages and aware people about health safety guidelines.
BJD became the first political party in the state to launch such a programme, he claimed.
However, the BJP and the Congress termed the ruling party's programme as an attempt to 'cover up the irregularities in COVID-19 management'.
BJP general secretary Prithviraj Harichandan said, 'The central government has allocated funds and ventilators to the state for treatment of coronavirus patients. But they are deprived of getting treatment in time and wait for ventilators and ICU beds.' Congress MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati said the people will not accept the BJD's awareness drive as 'the government has failed to provide treatment to the people'. PTI AAM BDC BDC