Odisha's active COVID-19 caseload dips to below 1,000 after 8 months

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(Eds: With fresh inputs) Bhubaneswar, Feb 3 (PTI) After eight months, Odisha's active COVID-19 caseload dipped to below 1,000 on Wednesday even as 71 fresh infections pushed the state's tally to 3,35,282, a health official said.

The number of active cases now is 824, which is 0.24 per cent of Odisha's caseload. It had recorded less than 1,000 active cases on June 2 last year.

'Happy to share that after a spirited fight of 8 months, Odisha's active cases have fallen below 1,000 for the first time since 2nd June 2020. We salute the continuing efforts of our valiant COVID warriors,' the Health Department tweeted.

The state also registered recovery of 122 coronavirus patients taking the total number of cured people to 3,32.499, which is 99.16 per cent of the caseload.

Odisha's case fatality ratio (CFR) stands at 0,56 per cent, which is one of the lowest in the country, the official said.

Of the new 71 positive cases detected on Wednesday, 42 were reported from quarantine centres, while 29 infections had been detected during contact tracing, he said.

Sundergarh district registered the highest number of new cases at 11.

Odisha's COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged at 1,906 for the last nine days. Fifty-three coronavirus patients have also died due to comorbidities so far.

The state has so far tested over 77.74 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 22,997 on Tuesday, he said.

The Health Department said that 1,92,437 frontline workers have been registered for receiving COVID vaccines in the second phase of the inoculation drive scheduled to begin on February 6.

Odisha has received 1,46,590 additional doses before the commencement of the drive. The state has vaccinated 2,13,346 health workers so far, an official said. PTI AAM NN NN