The total number of COVID-19 cases in Odisha surged to 245 after as many as 26 people, who had recently returned from Surat, tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Friday, a health department official said. Of the fresh cases, 19 are from Ganjam, five from Kendrapara and two from Bhadrak districts. With these new patients, the number of active cases now stands at 181, while 62 patients have so far recovered from the disease. Two persons from Bhubaneswar have died of the infection.
"These people had come from Surat and were in quarantine centres. They were symptomatic," the official said.
With these new patients, the number of cases in Ganjam has gone up to 47 since May 2, when the district had reported its first case, he said.
The tally for Bhadrak now stands at 23, while Kendrapara has a total 8 cases, the official said.
Migrant workers from Odisha, who were stranded in Gujarat's Surat city due to the lockdown, have been returning to the eastern state in droves by buses and trains after the Centre allowed their movement.
Nearly three lakh Odia workers mostly from Ganjam district are engaged in diamond cutting, textiles and other works in Surat.
The state health department had on Thursday conducted 2,460 tests for coronavirus, he said. Odisha has so far tested 52,974 samples.
Jajpur district has reported the maximum number of cases at 55, followed by Bhubaneswar in Khurda district 50, Ganjam 47, Balasore 27, Bhadrak 23, Sundergarh 12, Kendrapara 8, Jagatsinghpur 5 and Mayurbhanj 4.
Two cases each have been detected in Cuttack, Jharsuguda, Bolangir, Keonjhar and Kalahandi, and one each in Puri, Dhenkanal, Deogarh and Koraput districts.
The state had on Thursday reported 34 new cases. Over 100 cases have been reported in the last eight days, the official said.
(With Inputs from PTI)