Odisha's COVID-19 tally rises to 3,36,767 with 62 new cases

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(Updating story) Bhubaneswar, Feb 23 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 3,36,767 on Tuesday as 62 more people tested positive for the infection, a health department official said.

The state during the day registered recovery of as many as 77 patients taking the total number of cured persons to 3.34,243 which is 99.25 per cent of the caseload, the official said.

The states fatality ratio stands at 0.56 per cent while Odishas positivity rate is 4.1 per cent, he said.

Of the fresh cases 37 were reported from quarantine centres and 25 detected during contact tracing.

Sambalpur district recorded the highest number of new cases at 12, followed by Khurda and Cuttack at seven each.

Dhenkanal, Kandhamal and Nabarangpur districts have turned coronavirus free as there are no active case there, the official said.

The state's COVID-19 toll remained unchanged at 1,914 as no fresh fatality was reported since Friday last week.

Fiftythree other coronavirus patients have died in the state due to comorbidities.

Odisha now has 557 active cases, which is 0.16 per cent of the caseload.

The state has so far conducted over 82 lakh sample tests for COVID-19, including 17,392 on Monday.

The state government during the day adopted a tough stand on innoculation for COVID-19 though over 85 per cent of health care workers has been vaccinated and was going on with good coverage.

In a letter to district collectors and commissioners of five municipal corporations, the additional chief secretary to the health and family welfare department P K Mohapatra said the health care workers (HCW) and front line workers (FLW) who have registered for the vaccination and are now backtracking without any genuine reasons, will cease to enjoy privileges granted by the state government in case of COVID-19 infection.

The government has decided to disallow such health care workers and front line workers to avail free treatment, period of isolation/treatment being counted as duty, financial and other benefits in case of death, the letter said.

Mohapatra said that Odisha is in the third position among states and union territories in terms of the number of HCWs and FLWs vaccinated so far.

The state has procured valuable vaccines for them after they got registered and but now some of them are backtracking, he said.

State Health and Family Welfare Minister N K Das told the Assembly that the state government has spent nearly Rs 389.59 crore for the treatment of COVID-19 patients since the outbreak of the disease in the state in March 2020.

Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena asked all district collectors and commissioners of municipal corporations to focus on the strict implementation of health safety guidelines in public places to contain the spread of the disease amidst reports of fresh outbreak of the contagion in some states.

Special attention should be given to schools where physical classes have resumed, he added. PTI AAM KK KK