1,24,031; death toll mounts to 546 (Eds: Adding more inputs) Bhubaneswar, Sep 6 (PTI) Odisha registered its highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases on Sunday as 3,810 more people tested positive for the infection, while eight fresh fatalities pushed the state's coronavirus death toll to 546, a health official said.
The fresh infections have taken the state's caseload to 1,24,031, he said.
At least 2,286 new cases were detected in quarantine centres, while 1,524 people tested positive for the infection during contact tracing, the official said.
Odisha had reported its previous highest single-day spike of 3,682 COVID-19 cases on August 27.
Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls, reported the highest number of fresh infections at 797, followed by Bargarh (396), Cuttack (322), Jajpur (252), Jharsuguda (192) and Mayurbhanj (142), he said.
Ganjam district reported the highest number of fresh fatalities at four, while Khurda, Koraput, Rayagada and Sundargarh districts registered one death each, the official said.
Ganjam has till date registered the highest number of COVID-19 deaths at 204, followed by 75 in Khurda, he said, adding 53 patients have died due to other ailments in the state so far.
There are now 27,068 active COVID-19 cases in Odisha.
Meanwhile, 2,590 patients were cured of the disease during the day, taking the number of recoveries to 96,364, which is 77.69 per cent of the total caseload, the official said.
The recovery rate was at 77.41 per cent on Saturday.
The fatality rate also came down to 0.44 per cent, the official said.
The state has so far tested 20,98,401 samples for COVID-19, including 50,393 on Saturday, he added.
Amid a rise in coronavirus cases in the state capital, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to intensify its community outreach programme and IEC (Information, Education and Communication) campaign from Monday.
'In view of rising cases, we have planned to intensify COVID-19 awareness campaigns,' BMC Commissioner PC Chaudhary said.
The civic body will conduct an interactive programme - Sampark Meeting- at various places in the city. PTI AAM ACD BDC BDC