Mumbai: A health department official said that over 165 people, including 11 disaster response personnel, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, taking the state rally to 4,677.
New cases were reported from 140 quarantine centers, where people returning from other states were kept, while 25 infections were found during contact infection, he said.
The official said that 11 cases of disaster response teams were involved in the new cases which were sent to neighboring West Bengal for restoration work after the cyclone Amphan.
With this development, the number of disaster response personnel, including the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and Odisha Fire Service, has become infected with the disease at 206.
However, 11 Fire Service personnel and 13 NDRF men have been recovered and discharged from a COVID-19 hospital in Cuttack, officials of both organizations said.
Out of 4,677 cases, 1,519 are active, while 3,144 people have been recovered. The health officer said that eleven people have died of the disease so far while three patients have died.
New cases were reported from 17 districts, of which Ganjam had the highest 41 cases. He said that it is the worst affected district in Odisha where 796 cases have been reported so far and six out of 11 people have died due to COVID-19.
Ganjam district administration said that 12 out of 41 new patients were frontline employees who were engaged in the fight against COVID-19.
Odisha has tested 2,16,607 samples so far, including 4,383 on Thursday.
Half of the 30 districts in the state have reported more than 100 cases each.