Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: A 60-year-old man from Bhubaneswar tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, becoming the fifth person from the State to be infected with the deadly coronavirus.

The department of Health & Family Welfare has mentioned that the sexagenarian is a resident of Surya Nagar in Bhubaneswar and was admitted to AIIMS Hospital with multiple co-morbid conditions.

While a total of 610 samples had been tested till Tuesday, today another 290 samples were examined at the three testing centres in Odisha. All 226 samples tested in RMRC today and 11 in SCB Hospital were found negative. However, one of the 53 samples examined in AIIMS has tested positive, the department stated.

The news has come just an hour after the State government declared about the 2nd COVID-19 positive case of recovering completely. "The second COVID-19 case has recovered completely and tested negative for coronavirus. The 20-year-old patient who had returned from the UK is being discharged from AIIMS Bhubaneswar," said H&FW department.

The first COVID-19 confirmed case in Odisha was reported on March 16 after a 33-year-old youth from Bhubaneswar who had a travel history to Italy tested positive for the virus. The youth had returned from Italy on March 12 and subsequently arrived in Odisha on a train from Delhi. He is now undergoing treatment at Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

Three days later on March 19, Odisha reported its second case of COVID-19 after a youth who had returned from the UK tested positive during a check-up at the isolation ward of AIIMS Bhubaneswar. The 20-year-old patient happens to be the son of a medical superintendent of the hospital. He is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital and is stated to be stable.

The third COVID-19 positive case came to the fore on March 26. The patient is a 60-year-old male who reached Bhubaneshwar on March 10 at 7 PM from Delhi by an Indigo flight.

Odisha reported its 4th positive case of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The patient is a 29-year-old male from Bhadrak district with travel history to Dubai.

As far as the numbers in India are concerned, the total coronavirus positive cases have climbed to 1834 including 1649 active cases while 144 have been cured. As many as 437 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours while the death toll rose to 41, according to the data of the Union Health Ministry.

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