Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

Bhubaneswar: A whopping 20 new COVID-19 cases were reported from Odisha on Thursday taking the total number of SARS-nCoV cases in the State to 205, informed State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department. This is the highest one-day spike in the State till date.

Ganjam has now begun to feel the heat of COVID outbreak following a huge influx of returnees from other States. According to H&FW Department, as many as 17 cases were reported from the district today. With this, the total positive cases in the district have reached 21.

Among the 17 cases tested positive with the virus, 16 are male while one is female. The identified female is 20-year-old and the males detected with the virus are in 18-50 age bar.

As reported by the State Information and Public Relations (I&PR) department, all the positive cases reported from Ganjam are Surat returnees who are currently in quarantine.

On the other hand, Mayurbhanj witnessed its maiden three Coronavirus cases today. With the detection of fresh cases, COVID-19 has now extended its reach to 18 districts across the State. All the positive cases reported from Mayurbhanj are male and are Surat returnees, aged 21, 36 and 44 respectively.

Of the total cases in the State, Jajpur district tops the list with 55 cases, followed by Khurda at 47, Balasore at 25, Bhadrak at 21 and Sundergarh at 12. Till date, Jagatsinghpur has reported four cases while Kendrapara has registered three cases. Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Cuttack and Kalahandi districts have reported two cases each. Koraput, Deogarh, Dhenkanal and Puri have reported one case each.

While 61 people have so far recovered from the disease, two people have succumbed to the virus. Currently, the active cases in the State stand at 142. In the last 24 hours, a total number of 3060 RT-PCR tests were done, the Health and Family Welfare Department reported.

Following the highest one-day spike in the State, Special Relief Commissioner, Pradeep Kumar Jena has asked all collectors and municipal commissioners to ensure spot registration of non-enrolled returnees in temporary medical camps immediately after their arrival from other States.