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Sharmili Mallick

Bhubaneswar: The single-day count of Coronavirus cases in Odisha saw a massive jump on Saturday when as many as 10,413 people tested positive for Covid-19 infection. This the biggest spike in a span of 24 hours ever since the outbreak of the pandemic in the State last year.

At least 11 patients undergoing treatment succumbed to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours, a data revealed by the State Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Department said.

With this, the positive tally in the State surged to 4,54,607 while the death toll stood at 2,054. Odisha currently has 67,086 active cases, while 3,85,414 patients have recovered from the disease, added the H&FW Department.

Of the new cases reported from 30 districts, 5,887 were detected from various quarantine centres, and the rest 4,526 were detected during contact tracing, said a data released by the State Information and Public Relations (I&PR) Department.

Four deaths were registered in Khordha, two deaths Sundargarh and one each in Boudh, Puri, Rayagada, Koraput and Kalahandi districts.

Of the new cases reported on Saturday, Khordha district, of which state capital Bhubaneswar is a part, detected the maximum 1,796 cases, followed by Sundargarh (1100), Cuttack (828), Puri (533) and Bargarh (511).

At least 19 other districts recorded more than 100 cases. Those are Jharsuguda (442), Sambalpur (426), Nuapada (418), Angul (392), Nabarangpur (378), Kalahandi (376), Jajpur (332), Mayurbhanj (247), Jagatsinghpur (241), Ganjam (232), Nayagarh (218), Bhadrak (201), Rayagada (200), Bolangir (160), Gajapati (156), Sonepur (130), Keonjhar (126), Balasore (124) and Deogarh (103).

Other districts which reported less than 100 cases are- Boudh (87), Kendrapara (77), Koraput (68), Kandhamal (55), Malkangiri (54) and Dhenkanal (42).

As many as 1,01,34,118 samples were tested in the state so far, including 47,462 on Friday. The coastal state’s positivity rate stands at 4.49 per cent.

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