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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The Covid-19 situation continues to post grimmer milestones in Odisha with each passing day. The State on Friday reported eight more Covid-19 deaths and 6,215 new positive cases in the last 24 hours, informed the State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department.

Two deaths each were reported from Kalahandi and Ganjam and one each from Balasore, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Khordha districts.

The fresh cases spread across 30 districts included 3,604 from quarantine and 2,611 local contact infections, as per the data released by the State Information and Public Relations Department.

Khordha reported the highest 950 fresh cases followed by Sundargarh (684), Kalahandi (682), Nuapada (446), Cuttack (383), Puri (306), Bargarh (268), Sambalpur (263), Jharsuguda (261), Nabarangpur (257), Bolangir (211), Keonjhar (157) and Mayurbhanj (115).

Other districts which reported less than 100 cases are- Bhadrak (86), Jajpur (85), Nayagarh (82), Balasore (79), Rayagada (70), Ganjam (67), Sonepur (65), Jagatsinghpur (62), Koraput (58), Gajapati (47), Kendrapara (41), Kandhamal (34), Deogarh (33), Malkangiri (21), Boudh (20) and Dhenkanal (16).

The Covid-19 death toll in the State has risen to 1,973 while total cases have surged to 3, 94,694. The active caseload stood at 39,117, informed the health department.

The State Government has so far tested a total of 97, 95,470 samples including 43,538 on Thursday. The positivity rate in Odisha stands at 4.03 percent which has been steadily rising for the past few days.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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