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70 new cases push Odisha's COVID-19 tally to 3,37,744

(Eds: Adds more inputs) Bhubaneswar, Mar 7 (PTI) Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 3,37,744 on Sunday as 70 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said. Forty-one new cases were reported in quarantine centres and 29 detected during contact tracing, he said. Khurda district reported the highest number of fresh cases at 14, followed by Sundargarh (12) and Angul (11). Ninety people were cured of the disease during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,35,080, which is 99.21 per cent of the caseload. The death toll remained at 1,917 as no fresh fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours, the official said. Fifty-three other coronavirus patients have died due to comorbidities so far, he said. Odisha now has 694 active cases, which is 0.20 per cent of the caseload. The state has so far tested over 84.72 lakh samples for COVID-19, including 20,834 on Saturday, and the positivity rate is at 3.99 per cent, he said. Meanwhile, a 71-year-old doctor was found positive for coronavirus in RT-PCR test at IGH, Rourkela even after receiving two doses of the 'Covishield' vaccine. The medical practitioner subsequently tested negative for the infection in another RT-PCR test at Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC), Bhubaneswar on Saturday. "Result of his repeat RT-PCR test at RMRC was negative," the health department's additional chief secretary PK Mohapatra said. Altogether 25 students of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) at Burla in Sambalpur district were found positive for coronavirus in rapid antigen tests conducted between February 25 and 27. But all of them subsequently tested negative for the infection in RT-PCR tests. They were detected with COVID-19 as the kits used to test them were faulty, Mohapatra had said. The rapid antigen test kits used in this case were procured from two firms based in New Delhi and Haryana. They were served a show-cause notice by the Odisha State Medical Corporation Ltd for supplying defective/non-standard kits. However, one of the firms, on Sunday conducted a demo of the testing procedure and claimed that the kits supplied by it were not faulty. PTI AAM BDC..

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