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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 caseload in Odisha breached the 3.5 lakh mark on Monday when 1741 more persons from across 30 districts of the State tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, informed the State Information and Public Relations Department (I&PR). Odisha has reported 3,51,302 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.

This is the fourth consecutive day the State recorded more than 1000 new cases while this is the another biggest single-day spike of coronavirus cases reported this year.

The State had last posted 1700-plus cases on October 23, 2020 when 1793 people had tested positive for the virus, 1031 from quarantine and 762 local contacts.

Similarly, the death toll due to Coronavirus infection surged to 1,928 with the death of two patients in Nuapada district in the last 24 hours, informed the State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department.

Out of the total cases, 1,015 were reported from quarantine centres while the rest 726 were local transmission cases.

While five districts registered a three-digit figure, Sundargarh district topped the list with 268 cases, followed by Khordha (204), Balasore (158), Sambalpur (121) and Kalahandi (114). Among other districts, Bargarh reported 97 cases followed by Nuapada (96), Bolangir (93), Nabarangpur (80), Cuttack (58), Puri (54), Keonjhar (53), Jharsuguda (43) and Angul (43).

With the inclusion of Monday’s figure, the number of active cases in the State stood at 9,259 while 3,40,062 patients have been cured or recovered, added the I&PR department.

The State has so far tested a total of 94,00,456 samples including 30,097 on Sunday, a data released by the H&FW department stated.

Amid the steep rises in Covid-19 infection in the State, as many as 900 centres ran out of vaccine doses in Odisha on Sunday.

The massive vaccination drive has almost come to a halt in the State due to a shortage of vaccines. The vaccination process is currently being carried out in 579 centres in various districts which have vaccine stock. Most of the districts have no vaccine stock. If the fresh stock of vaccines is not supplied by tomorrow, the process will be hampered in almost all the districts,” said State Family Welfare Department Director Bijay Panigrahi on Sunday adding that priority is given to the districts with more positive cases.

At present, the State has stocks of 2,33,000 doses of Covishield vaccines and 77,960 doses of Covaxin vaccines. The vaccination drive will continue in districts that have vaccine stock.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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