(Eds: Adding details) Bhubaneswar, Jul 31 (PTI) The COVID-19 caseload in Odisha crossed the 31,000-mark on Friday with 1,499 fresh cases, while eight more deaths were reported, pushing the toll to 177, a health department official said.
The total number of novel coronavirus patients in the state now stands at 31,877, he said.
Friday's spike in the daily caseload is the third highest since the outbreak of the pandemic in the state, official data released by the health department said.
As many as 1,594 COVID-19 cases were reported on July 23, followed by 1,503 on July 26.
Of the 31,877 COVID-19 cases, 19,746 patients have recovered.
At present there are 11,917 active cases in the coastal state.
Of the new fatalities, four were reported from Ganjam district and one each from Gajapati, Khurda, Nayagarh and Sundargarh.
'Regret to inform the demise of 8 COVID-19 positive patients while under treatment in hospitals,' the official said.
The fresh cases were reported from 29 of the state's 30 districts, he said.
Ganjam district reported the highest number of new cases (368), followed by Khurda (214), Keonjhar (81) and Sundargarh (75), the official said.
Of the 177 fatalities, Ganjam district accounted for the highest number of 94 deaths.
A 12 year-old girl of Keonjhar district, who had tested positive for COVID-19, died of acute peritonitis.
With this, the number of COVID-19 patients dying of other ailments rose to 37 in the state, he said.
Odisha has tested 14,335 samples for COVID-19 on Thursday, the official said. PTI AAM MM MM