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COVID-19: Fatalities In Odisha Soar In Deadliest Week So Far

Bhubaneswar: COVID-19 death toll in Odisha on Tuesday climbed to 42 after four more persons succumbed to the Coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The month of July is turning out to be the deadliest as far as the fatalities due to Coronavirus infections are concerned.

As per official sources, COVID-19 has claimed 17 lives in the past one week in Odisha triggering concerns as several district administrations are scampering to shut down their jurisdictions following a steep rise in COVID-19 cases. As per the data from the State COVID19 dashboard, Odisha had reported its first COVID-19 death on April 6. The COVID-19 death toll in Odisha stood at 7 on June 1 and it reached 25 by the month end. Since then the death toll has surged to 42 so far.

Ganjam remains the worst affected district as far as the number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities are concerned. The district has reported highest 2,621 COVID-19 cases till now. Of the 42 COVID-19 deaths reported in Odisha so far, highest 24 deaths are from Ganjam, followed by seven casualties in Khurda and five in Cuttack district.

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Angul, Bargarh, Gajapati, Jajpur, Puri, and Sundergarh districts have reported one COVID-19 death each.

Odisha had reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 16 and the tally currently is at 10,097 today. Of the total cases so far, 3,032 cases have been reported in the last seven days. The State today witnessed its highest single-day spike with 571 COVID-19 cases. It is for the last five days that Odisha has been witnessing 450-plus COVID-19 cases on a daily basis. On July 6, Odisha had reported 456 new COVID-19 cases and prior to that 469 (July 5), 495 (July 4), 561 (July 3), 229 (July 2), and 251 cases on July 1.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today brought the COVID-19 management under the preview of the Mo Sarkar initiative. Moreover, antigen tests will be conducted in all the COVID hotspot districts in the State, he announced.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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