BHUBANESWAR: Odisha’s upward trend in Covid infection continues with Khurda district alone reporting 1,189 cases on Saturday, the highest single-day spike in any district so far. The state saw 6,647 fresh infections.
The state tested 41,017 samples out of which 6,647 returned positive.
The rate of positivity is 16 per cent, the highest so far since last year. The state’s overall rate of positivity is 4.08 per cent. It has so far tested 98,34,487 samples, out of which 4,01,341 returned positive as on Saturday. Death figure has jumped to 1,981.
In the past three days, the state has added 19,000-plus cases, taking the active cases to 43,304. In the same span, 23 patients have succumbed to the infection.
Seventeen districts have reported cases in triple digits. A day earlier, 13 districts had reported cases in three digits. High cases have been reported from Sundargarh (778), Nuapada (559), Kalahandi (361) and Jharsuguda (343), besides Khurda.
Coastal Nayagarh, which was reporting cases in double digits on Saturday, reported 110 cases on Saturday. Jajpur, a small coastal district, has reported 133 cases. Puri is going the Nuapada way with 395 new cases being reported. Despite being close to Balangir and Sambalpur, which have reported 234 and 175 cases respectively, Sonepur has reported only two cases, the lowest among the 30 districts.
The 10 western Odisha districts have together reported 3,058 cases. The coastal districts of Cuttack, Puri, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Nayagarh and Khurda have reported 2,216 cases.
On Saturday, 2,452 patients recovered, taking the total recoveries to 3,56,003. The state reported eight deaths on Saturday.

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