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105 children among 779 new coronavirus cases in Odisha, 68 more die

Khurda district registered the highest number of new patients at 259, while Nabarangpur did not report any fresh case.

Published: 28th August 2021 05:21 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2021 05:21 PM   |  A+A-

A healthcare worker takes a swab sample of a woman for the COVID-19 testing, in Bengaluru

A healthcare worker takes a swab sample of a woman for the COVID-19 testing. (File Photo| ANI)

By PTI

BHUBANESWAR: At least 779 more people, including 105 children, tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, taking the tally in the state to 10,05,654, a health department official said on Saturday.

Sixty-eight fresh fatalities raised the death toll to 7,765, he said.

The daily positivity rate was at 1.09 per cent as 779 new COVID cases were detected from 71,137 sample tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the official said.

The infection rate among people below 18 years of age was at 13.47 per cent, up from 12.99 per cent recorded on Thursday.

Altogether, 1,602 children and adolescents contracted the disease since August 15, and 35 of them died during the period, he said.

Of the fresh cases, 454 were reported from quarantine centres, and 325 detected during contact tracing.

Khurda district registered the highest number of new patients at 259, while Nabarangpur did not report any fresh case.

Odisha now has 7,996 active cases, and 9,89,840 people have recovered from the disease.

Of the new fatalities, 25 were reported from Cuttack, seven each from Kendrapara and Khurda, six from Jagatsinghpur, five each from Angul and Mayurbhaj, the official said.

Three COVID deaths each were recorded in Balasore, Bhadrak and Dhenkanal, two in Nayagah and one in Puri.

Fifty-three other COVID-19 patients have died due to comorbidities, he said.

The state has thus far conducted over 1.78 crore sample tests for COVID-19, including 71,137 on Friday, and the positivity rate stands at 5.62 per cent.



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