Bhubaneswar: The single-day spike in Covid-19 cases in the State witnessed a drastic fall with only 6,736 people testing positive for the virus in last 24 hours even as there is no break in the rising cases of fatalities. The State recorded 34 fatalities during the period taking the death tally to 2618.
Angul district recorded maximum five death cases while Kalahandi and Khurdha districts reported four fatalities each. Boudh, Sundergarh and Nuapada saw three casualties each due to Covid in last 24 hours.
Similarly, two deaths have been reported each from Gajapati, Jharsuguda, Kendrapara, Nabarangpur and Rayagada districts during the period. One patient succumbed to the virus eact in Dhenkanal and Puri.
Of the fresh infections, as many as 3774 cases have been detected from quarantine centres while 2,962 infections are from local contacts.
The total case count jumped to 732739 while active cases stood at 106440 with 10,635 new recoveries reported in last 24 hours. The recovered tally reached 623628.
Angul district went up to the first spot with 788 new cases while Sundergarh remained in the second position with 720 fresh infections today. Khordha district which has been recording over 1000 daily cases has come down to third in the row reporting only 517 new infections in the last 24 hours followed by Bargarh which reported 405 cases.
Jajpur saw 374 cases in the last 24 hours while Cuttack stood behind it with 362 new infections. Sambalpur came next with 309 fresh cases.
Nabarangpur registered 282 new cases followed by 265 in Puri, 262 in Boudh, 241 in Kalahandi, 219 in Koraput, 207 in Nayagarh and 206 in Bhadrak district.
Districts reporting below 200 cases are Ganjam (169), Dhenkanal (178), Bolangir (144), Rayagada (123), Jharsuguda (120) and Jagatsinghpur (106).
Ten districts including Malkangiri, Kandhamal, Sonepur, Gajapati, Balasore, Deogarh, Nuapada, Mayurbhanj, Kendrapara and Keonjhar districts logged below 100 cases during the period.
The sharp decline in the daily Covid graph could be attributed to low testing in the wake of cyclone ‘Yaas’ due to which testing process was halted in several districts.
The State government had suspended testing and vaccination drive in Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj districts from May 25 to 27 in view of Cyclone Yaas.
Similarly, decision over suspension of testing and vaccination exercise was vested on the Collectors in Keonjhar, Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara district. The Collectors of these three districts had been asked to suspend the testing drive in the areas to be affected by the cyclone in their respective jurisdiction.
The testing drive also reportedly got affected in several major cities and towns due to cyclone.