Over 1,500 new cases push Odisha's COVID-19 tally to 26,892; death toll climbs to 147

Bhubaneswar, Jul 27 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally shot up to 26,892 with 1,503 fresh cases, while the death toll rose to 147 as seven more people succumbed to the virus, a Health department official said on Monday.

Three deaths were reported from Ganjam district and a fatality each was recorded in Sundergarh, Khurda, Cuttack and Malkangiri districts, he said.

Four of them were suffering from either diabetes or hypertension, the official said.

Ganjam district, Odisha's coronavirus hotspot, accounted for the highest number of 491 fresh cases, followed by Khurda (223) and Cuttack (136).

Odisha now has 9,918 active COVID-19 cases, the Health department official said, adding that 16,794 people have recovered from the disease so far in the state.

Ganjam district has also accounted for the highest number of 82 deaths so far, followed by Khurda with 18, Cuttack with 10, Gajapati with nine, Sundergarh with six, Rayagada with four, two each in Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatssinghpur, Kendrapara and Puri, and one each from Malkangiri, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Jajpur, Jharsuguda and Bargarh.

Of the 223 fresh cases reported from Khurda district, 159 are from Bhubaneswar, taking the state capital's tally to 2,150, of which 12 are dead and 1,011 have recovered. The city has 1,125 active cases, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.

Of the new infections, 44 cases were reported from Trinath Basti in Nayapalli, while another 20 cases were detected from Aiginia and 13 from Kharvel Nagar in the city.

Ganjam district's COVID-19 tally stood at 9,169 on Monday. The district has so far reported 5,836 recoveries. There are 3,251 active cases, the highest among the districts in the state.

Keeping in view the surge of cases in the state, Director of the Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) Ajay Parida said this is the peak of the pandemic in Odisha.

It cannot be said at present whether it will rise or subside in the coming days, he added.

The total caseload in Odisha will be less if the number of patients from Ganjam, Khurda and Cuttack districts goes down, Parida said.

He added that the state government has planned to increase the number of COVID-19 tests to 15,000 per day from August.

Vice-Chancellor of SOA Deemed University Dr Ashok Mohapatra, however, said the virus surge is likely to come down in the next 15 days as it happened in Delhi and Mumbai.

Though there has been a rise in positive cases, the death toll continues to remain below 1 per cent, he said.

As many as 9,327 COVID-19 tests were conducted in Odisha on Sunday, taking the total number of samples tested for the virus in the state to 4,67,447. PTI AAM RG IJT

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