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Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Seven people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Odisha on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in the State to 118.

Of the seven COVID-19 cases, four were reported from the western district of Sundergarh and three in the coastal district of Bhadrak. While the four cases in Sundergarh include two males and two females, all the three cases in Bhadrak are males. All the cases detected today were asymptomatic, informed the State information and public relations department.

With these seven fresh COVID-19 cases, the number of active cases in the state increased to 80, while 37 people have recovered till now. One person died in Bhubaneswar on April 6, according to the officials.

The total cases in Bhadrak district has now climbed to 19 while in Sundergarh it is 10, an official said.

According to the Bhadrak district administration, all three cases have links to West Bengal. Two persons tested positive in the Basudevpur block while one person hailing from the Bonth block tested positive for COVID-19. The district administration has sealed areas after the detection of fresh cases.

Sharing further details, Bhadrak Collector Gyana Das said, "During the 60-hour shutdown in Bhadrak, we had collected around 1300 samples of returnees from other States and suspected cases. After testing, three were found positive today. They all belong to separate panchayats."

The State Health and Family Welfare department said a total of 1,584 samples were tested on Monday. The cumulative sample tests in the State till midnight of Monday was 26,687.

Of the 118 COVID-19 positive cases, 46 are from Khurda district of which Bhubaneswar is a part, 19 each from Bhadrak and Jajpur, 16 from Balasore, 10 from Sundergarh, two each from Kendrapara and Kalahandi and one each from Cuttack, Puri, Dhenkanal and Koraput districts.

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(With PTI inputs)

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