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Covid-19 Odisha Update: One Dies, 791 People Test Positive In Highest Single-Day Spike This Year

Bhubaneswar: After registering 500-plus cases for the last two days, the Covid-19 cases in Odisha saw a steep rise on Wednesday when 791 people tested positive for the infection and one patient succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours, informed the State Information and Public Relations Department (I&PR) on Wednesday.

This is the highest single-day spike of coronavirus cases reported this year. The State had last posted over 700 cases on November 25, 2020 when 730 people had tested positive for the virus, 419 from quarantine and 311 local contacts.

Of the new cases detected from 29 districts of the State on Monday, 459 were reported from quarantine centres while the rest 332 were local transmission cases, informed I&PR Department.

Sundargarh reported the highest daily spike of 147 cases followed by Khordha (118), Bargarh (48), Cuttack (46), Sambalpur (45), Puri (43), Keonjhar (39), Kalahandi (38), Jharsuguda (31), Nuapada (31), Mayurbhanj (24), Nabarangpur (23).

Similarly, one death was reported from Puri district. “Regret to inform the demise of 28 year-old male Covid positive patient of Puri district who was also suffering from Diabetes Mellitus,” tweeted the Health And Family Welfare Department on Wednesday.

With the inclusion of Wednesday’s figure, the number of coronavirus cases in the State surged to 3,44,647 of which 3,38,416 patients have been cured or recovered and 1,923 succumbed. The active cases now stand at 4,255.

The State has so far tested a total of 92,44,574 samples including 31,531 on Tuesday, a data released by the State Health and Family Welfare department stated.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday had directed the Director General of Police (DGP) to launch a 10-day special drive throughout the State to slow down the spread of Coronavirus. Patnaik has asked the top cop to deploy police personnel in large number to strictly enforce the Covid safety protocols.

Patnaik also asked Chief Secretary, ACS Health and Family Welfare and Senior officials to visit Western Odisha region and take suitable action where the concentration of cases is high due to the proximity of the districts to Chhattisgarh.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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