(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs) Bhubaneswar, Sep 16 (PTI) Odisha registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as 4,270 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.
The new cases pushed the state's coronavirus tally to 1,62,920, he said.
The coastal state also reported a record of 4,121 recoveries in a day, taking the total number of people who have been cured of the disease to 1,29,859, the official said.
The state's recovery rate currently stands at 79.70 per cent, he said.
Eleven more patients succumbed to the infection, taking Odisha's COVID-19 death toll to 656, the official said.
The state had reported its previous highest single-day spike of 4,198 coronavirus cases on September 14, he said.
As many as 2,478 new cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,792 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing.
Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, registered the highest number of new cases at 876, followed by Cuttack (374) and Puri (287), he said.
Three fresh fatalities each were reported in Puri and Sambalpur districts, two in Khurda and one each in Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj and Sundargarh districts, the official said.
Fifty-three COVID-19 patients have died in the state due to other ailments so far, he said.
Odisha now has 32,352 active coronavirus cases, accounting for 19.85 per cent of its caseload.
The state has so far tested over 25.67 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 51,320 on Tuesday, he added.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his satisfaction on the number of recoveries as one lakh people have recovered from COVID-19 in the last five weeks.
Patnaik also asked district magistrates to properly implement livelihood programmes of the government to protect rural people from the adverse impact of the economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PTI AAM ACD BDC BDC