Odisha’s COVID-19 tally crosses 28,000 mark, death toll rises to 154

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Updated: Jul 28, 2020 2:05 PM

The state's virus caseload now stands at 28,107 as 1,215 positive cases have been reported from 28 of 30 districts of the state.

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Odisha’s COVID-19 tally breached the 28,000 mark with 1,215 new cases, and the death toll climbed to 154 as seven more patients, including a five-year-old boy, succumbed to the infection, a Health Department official said on Tuesday.

The state’s virus caseload now stands at 28,107 as 1,215 positive cases have been reported from 28 of 30 districts of the state. While 753 cases have been reported from different quarantine centres, the remaining 462 are local contacts. Contact tracing and follow-up action is underway, said the Health and Family Welfare Department.

The seven fresh fatalities were reported from four districts. While Ganjam reported three deaths, two were reported from Rayagada district and one each from Khurda and Cuttack, the official said. The five-year-old boy from Bhubaneswar was suffering from cerebral palsy with seizure disorder and he was the youngest COVID-19 victim, while the oldest was a 72-year-old man from Rayagada who had diabetes.

A 45-year-old man from Cuttack who died was suffering from bronchial asthma and diabetes. The official said a 16-year-old girl died in Balasore, but the cause of her death was acute lymphocytic leukemia with immune suppression.
With this, the number of COVID positive people who died of other diseases increased to 35 in Odisha, the official added.

With new infections, the number of active cases in the state have increased to 10,544, while 17,374 patients have recovered so far. Of the 154 fatalities, Ganjam district accounted for the highest number of 85 deaths, followed by Khurda at 19, Cuttack 11, Gajapati 9, Sundergarh and Rayagada with six each, two each in Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jagatssinghpur, Kendrapara and Puri, and one each from Malkangiri, Nayagarh, Kandhamal, Jajpur, Jharsuguda and Bargarh.

Odisha’s coronavirus hotspot Ganjam reported the highest 332 cases followed by Khurda comprising Bhubaneswar (312), Gajapati (89), Keonjhar (77) and Koraput (73). Khurda district recorded the highest single-day spike of 312 cases on Tuesday. The state conducted 9,113 swab sample tests on Monday taking the total number of coronavirus tests to 4,76,560.

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