Staff Writer@Blink

Bhubaneswar, May 8: The total cases of COVID 19 in the state touched staggering 270 on Friday as more than 50 new cases came to the limelight, mostly from Ganjam district.

Data from the State Health Department claimed that the state recorded a total of 51 cases one a single day on Friday. This was the highest ever rise of cases on a single day in the state. The government claimed that most of the cases detected were traced to Surat.

Ganjam district which had zero cases a week ago has now 71 total cases, the highest cases in any Odisha district. The sudden jump in cases in the district is attributed to the rise in number of Surat migrants who returned to the state.

The district has now become a hotspot for the disease. The district reported a total of 43 new cases on Friday alone. Most of them are Surat returnees while many of them are symptomatic too.

Eight more cases were reported from two other districts of Kendrapara and Bhadrak. Overall the state added 51 new cases on Friday, the highest ever. Kendrapara reported five more cases of Coronavirus while Bhadrak reported three more cases.


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