Odisha reports 3,053 new COVID-19 cases, 17 fresh fatalities

Odishas COVID-19 tally roseto 2,29,387 on Saturday as 3,053 more people tested positivefor the infection, a health official said.

Seventeen fresh fatalities pushed the statescoronavirus death toll to 892, he said.

“Single-day recoveries outnumbered new COVID-19 casesin the state for the sixth consecutive day as 4,066 patientswere cured of the disease during the day,” the official said.

According to him, 1,98,194 people have recovered fromthe infection so far.

The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients in the stateis at 86.40 per cent.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated ShehnazBegum, a nonagenarian woman from Sambalpur, for beingrecovered from the disease.

“Her victory over the deadly disease symbolisesOdishas resilience in the face of adversity,” Patnaik said ina statement.

As many as 1,804 new cases were detected in quarantinecentres, while 1,249 people tested positive for the infectionduring contact tracing, the official said.

Khurda district, under which Bhubaneswar falls,reported the highest number of new cases at 561, followed byCuttack (256) and Mayurbhanj (153), he said.

Three fresh fatalities each were reported in Balasoreand Dhenkanal, two each in Jagatsinghpur, Khurda and Puri, andone each in Bhadrak, Ganjam, Jajpur, Mayurbhanj and Nayagarhdistricts, the official said.

Ganjam district has so far reported the highest numberof COVID-19 deaths at 221, followed by Khurda (146) andCuttack (74).

Fifty-three COVID-19 patients have died due to otherailments so far, he said.

Odisha now has 30,248 active coronavirus cases, whichaccounted for 13.18 per cent of the states caseload, theofficial said.

The state has so far tested over 33.95 lakh samplesfor COVID-19, including 46,404 on Friday, he said.

Meanwhile, Odisha Assembly Speaker S N Patro askedHealth and Family Welfare Minister N K Das to form a team andvisit both the government and private COVID-19 facilitiesafter the opposition alleged that patients are being neglectedin these hospitals.

The state government issued a standard operatingprocedure (SOP) for use of Favipiravir tablets for COVID-19patients during the home isolation, the official said.

Around 80 per cent of coronavirus patients are now inhome isolation, he said.

Patnaik also thanked Union Petroleum and SteelMinister Dharmendra Pradhan for donating plasma at SCB MedicalCollege and Hospital in Cuttack.

“I extend many thanks to Union Minister DharmendraPradhan for donating his plasma in Cuttack. I appeal to allthe COVID-19 cured persons to come forward to donate plasmafor saving human lives,” the chief minister said on Twitter.

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