Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Covid caseload jumped to 67,9530 on Saturday with 11,108 new cases having been reported in the last 24 hours.
Side by side, 26 covid related deaths have been reported in the State during that period, taking the toll so to 2,456 so far.
"Regret to inform the demise of twenty six numbers of Covid positive patients while under treatment in hospitals" Health and Family Welfare Department tweeted.
As many as six patients succumbed to the disease during treatment in Khurdha district including three from Bhubaneswar city which is a part of the district. Kalahandi reported four fatalities in last 24 hours followed by Ganjam and Puri district which witnessed three fatalities each during the period.
Two patients each from Angul, Sundergarh and Balasore district died while undergoing treatment. Other districts like Nuapada, Gajapati, Boudh and Koraput witnessed demise of one patient each.
In the last 24 hours, as many as 6219 people tested positive from the quarantine centres while 4,889 got the infection from local contacts, stated Odisha Information and Public Relation Department through a tweet.
During the period, 10,881 people recovered from the disease and have been discharged. The new recoveries took the tally to 567382 in the State. The State has currently 109639 active cases, the department stated.
Of the new infections, Khordha district remained on top of the columns with 1451 followed by Cuttack with 944 cases. Similarly, Angul district reporting 864 new cases stood at third spot while Sundergarh district came down to fourth position in single-day spike having 708 cases.
Mayurbhanj stood next to Sundergarh with 635 infections detected in last 24 hours.
As many as 509 more people tested positive for the virus in Balasore district while reports of 489, 473 people came out positive in Bhadrak and Puri district respectively.
Jajpur witnessed 394 cases and Sambalpur reported 384 daily cases during the period.
As many as 357 cases have been detected from Nabarangpur, 339 from Bargarh, 332 from Nayagarh, 318 from Jagatsinghpur.
District which recorded less than 300 daily infections are Bolangir (298), Boudh (273), Koraput (251), Ganjam (214) and Rayagada (209).
As many as 254 cases have been reported from the State pool. Kalahandi was the only district which saw a two-digit figure in the daily covid cases.
Sonepur, Dhenkanal, Deogarh, Kandhamal, Kendrapara, Keonjhar and Nuapada registered 180, 131, 132, 125,150, 169 and 114 fresh infections respectively.
Malkangiri which continued to remain in two-digit figure registered 100 cases in last 24 hours.
Despite State-wide strict restrictions under lockdown and shut down, the surging trend in the daily positive cases has become a major headache for the State government in the battle against Covid-19.