(Eds: Adding more inputs) Bhubaneswar, Aug 21 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally increased to 72,718 on Friday with 2,698 fresh cases, while 10 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 390, a health department official said.
Four deaths were reported from Ganjam, two from Khurda and one each from Angul, Koraput, Nayagarh and Subarnapur districts, he said.
'Regret to inform the demise of Ten #COVID19 positive patients while under treatment in hospitals,' the Health and Family Welfare Department said on Twitter.
Of the 390 deaths, Ganjam district alone accounted for 170 fatalities followed by Khura (54), the official said.
Odisha on Friday recorded the highest single-day recovery of 1,927 COVID-19 patients, he said.
A total of 50,504 people have been cured of the disease so far, and the recovery rate now stands at 69.45 per cent, he added.
The fresh coronavirus cases were reported from all the 30 districts of Odisha, including the highest number of 475 infections from Khurda district followed by Cuttack (207), Ganjam (162), Rayagada (154), Koraput (146), Mayrubhanj (128), Sundargarh (103) and Balasore (102).
A total of 1,675 cases were recorded in quarantine centres and the remaining were detected positive during contact tracing.
Odisha now has 21,771 active COVID-19 cases.
The state on Thursday conducted 56,479 tests, taking the total number of such clinical examinations to 11,72,426, the official added.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hailed health workers for their services to contain the spread of the disease.
'Odisha has managed to keep COVID-19 positivity rate at six per cent compared to the national average at 8.69 per cent,' a statement quoted him as saying.
He also said Odisha is among the six states with low positivity rate in the country.
The number of COVID-19 tests per million population is at 1,265 in Odisha, which is higher than the national average, the official said.
'Early detection and isolation of coronavirus patients along with better treatment help the state keep the fatality rate down at 0.53 per cent,' he said.
Meanwhile, the state government has eased the weekend lockdown restrictions in Rourkela city on August 23 on the occasion of Nuakhai, an agrarian festival. PTI AAM RBT BDC BDC