Odisha records 11,177 new COVID-19 cases at 14.49% positivity rate

The number of daily cases in Odisha crossed the 10,000 mark for the fourth consecutive day as 11,177 new infections, including 1,016 cases in the 0-18 age group, and three deaths were reported over the past of the last 24 hours at 14.49% test positivity rate, health officials announced on Sunday.

Today’s infections were the highest in 2022, while on May 24, 2021, Odisha recorded the highest single-day peak of 12,852.

The disconcerting peculiarity of the current trajectory of Covid is that the rate of test positivity is rising on a daily basis.

While 9 districts reported TPR above 10%, Sundargarh and Khodha districts recorded high positivity of 30.04% and 27.7% respectively.

The new infections pushed the cumulative tally to 11,33,912 while 202 cases of mutant Omicron variants have been detected in the state so far. Khordha district reported a maximum of 3,424 cases on Sunday followed by Sundargarh (2,136), Cuttack (829), Sambalpur (379), Mayurbhanj (276) and Sonepur (238).

All 30 districts in the state currently have active cases while Khordha, Sundargarh Cuttack and Sambalpur with over 2,000 active cases are placed in the red zone. Six other districts with more than 1,000 active cases are bracketed in the yellow zone category. Khordha district, the Covid hotspot, of which Bhubaneswar is a part, has as many as 22,835 active cases.

The state currently has 69,763 active cases of COVID-19 while 10.55,615 patients including 3,200 as of Saturday are recovering from the disease.

While 11,177 samples tested positive out of 77,120 samples tested on Saturday, the test positivity rate (TPR) stood at 14.49% compared to 14.48% the previous day.

The state’s recovery rate currently stands at 93.09% while active cases represent 6.15% of the total positive cases recorded in the state.

The state’s share is 3.05% in the number of confirmed virus cases in the country, while active cases account for 4.5% of the total active cases in India. The number of recovered patients represents 3.01% of the country’s total recovery. Odisha has so far reported 1.74% of coronavirus deaths in the country.

State health authorities have so far administered 5,41,92,191 doses of COVID-19 vaccine while 2,28,64,444 people out of 3.09 crore eligible adult population are fully vaccinated. A total of 213,758 people have received booster or precautionary doses so far. More than 73% of the eligible population has so far received both doses of the vaccine.

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