Bhubaneswar: Another 24 persons in the state have been found infected with the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, informed Institute of Life Science (ILS) Director Ajay Parida here today.
With this, the state’s tally of the new variant surged to 61.
Sharing details of the cases, the ILS Director said of the 24 fresh infectees, five have travel history to foreign countries and rest 19 were local contacts. Total 218 samples were sent for genome sequencing.
“All the infectees (18 male and six female) are in the age group of 19-65 years. Highest seven infectees are from Balasore district. The other cases have been reported from Jajpur, Sambalpur, Nuapada, Sundargarh and Jagatsinghpur districts. One of the fresh infectees has returned to Tamil Nadu,” he added.
Today, the state registered a quantum jump in single-day COVID tally as the figure crossed 1,000-mark with 1216 persons testing positive for the virus. As total 68,878 samples were tested in the state, the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) stood at 1.76%.
Khordha district reported highest 456 fresh infections followed by Sundargarh (166) and Sambalpur (99). With the fresh cases, the state’s total caseload has surged to 10,57,876, including 3981 active cases.