Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s COVID-19 caseload went past two lakh with 4,208 new cases reported during the past 24 hours, according to data released by the State government on Friday morning.
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases surged to 2,01,096, while the death toll climbed to 820 with 15 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours.
Of the total people tested positive till date, 767 have died due to COVID-19 and 53 persons due to other ailments.
Of the infected population, 1,61,044 have recovered so far, while 39,232 are under treatment in different hospitals and care centres across the State.
The month of September 25 has seen the maximum growth in the number of COVID-19 infections in the State with Khordha and Cuttack districts reporting maximum number of cases.
While Khordha reported 725 cases, Cuttack reported 465 cases on Friday. Ganjam district which used to report a large number of cases earlier reported 63 cases on Friday.
The first COVID-19 positive case was detected in Odisha on March when a youth who returned from abroad tested positive for coronavirus.
Ramping up testing to detect COVID-19 cases, the State has so far conducted 30,09,183 tests. Efforts are also being made on a regular basis to advise those getting infected about home isolation and medical treatment when needed.
Expressing satisfaction over COVID-19 testing, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik twitted saying: “It gives me immense pleasure to share that we have reached 3 million COVID-19 test milestone”.
Patnaik thanked healthcare personnel and all those who are working round the clock to ramp up testing and strengthening Odisha’s fight against the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the State government continues to monitor the situation and taking measures to strengthen the healthcare machinery to ensure that medical treatment is available to those testing positive for coronavirus.
The State government’s Health & Family Welfare Department has also been conducting sensitisation programmes on social media to make people aware of the guidelines to be followed during their home isolation if they develop symptoms of the disease.
Stating that the fight against COVID-19 has not ended, the Health Department has been advising the people to obey the guidelines about social distancing and use of masks while in public.
The Information & Public Relations Department of the State government has also been running a daily bulletin on its YouTube channel on a daily basis to give information and updates about the pandemic situation in the State.