Bhubaneswar: After a long gap of almost 221 days, Odisha reported 170 new covid positive cases in the past 24 hours taking the tally in the state to 10,42,943.
On March 24, 2021, Odisha reported 170 new cases after which the daily covid load in the state started rising and reached a record load of 12,852 cases on May 22, 2021.
For the four consecutive days, the state has been witnessing a daily covid load of below 400 mark which dropped further to 170 from 56,743 tests conducted in the past 24 hours.
The daily test positivity rate also declined further to 0.30 per cent today from 0.49 per cent recorded on Thursday.
Only khordha district reported a 1.3 per cent test positivity rate while the other 29 districts have recorded a test positivity rate of less than one per cent, eight of them, however, have zero test positivity rate.
Health and Family Welfare department sources said during the past 24 hours only 98 cases were recorded from the quarantine centres and 72 as local contact cases from 20 districts in the state.
A maximum number of 61 cases were registered from Khordha district followed by Cuttack(19), Balasore (16) and Kendrapara (11).
These four coastal districts together contributed nearly 63 per cent of the total new cases recorded in the state in the past 24 hours. As many as 16 districts, however, reported single-digit covid cases during the period.
Three more deaths, one each in Khordha, Mayurbhanj and Nayagarh district, were registered in the health audit process, taking the total fatalities in the state to 8350.
The active cases in the state further dropped to 3651 in the past 24 hours of which Khordha district alone accounted for 1779 cases, about 48.72 per cent of the total active cases in the state.
Barring four districts- Khordha, Cuttack, Mayurbhanj and Jajpur, the other 26 districts in the state have active cases of less than one hundred.
Sources said 447 covid patients were cured on Thursday in the state taking the total recoveries to 10,30,889, which is 98.8 per cent of the total covid cases reported so far in the state.