Eight more Covid-19 deaths were recorded in the State on Friday. With this, the total toll rose to 177. While four persons died in Ganjam district, one each succumbed to the virus in Khordha, Gajapati, Sundargarh and Nayagarh.
The four Ganjam deceased were an 81-year-old man, a 49-year-old man, a 45-year-old man and a 73-year-old man.
The other deceased were a 79-year-old man of Khordha, an 82-year-old woman of Nayagarh, a 58-year-old woman of Gajapati and a 52-year-old man of Sundargarh.
Another patient, who died due to other ailments other than Covid, was a minor girl.
Meanwhile, the steep rise in positive cases continued on the day with the detection of 1,499 new cases in the last 24 hours. With this, the total tally in the State reached 31,877.
The day’s highest 368 cases were reported from Ganjam district followed by Khordha 214, Gajapati 97, Dhenkanal 92, Koraput 81, Sundagarh 75, Sambalpur 56, Kandhamal 50, Kalahandi 44, Rayagada 40, Baleswar 37, Puri 36, Nabarangpur 33, Cuttack 28, Malkangiri 26, Angul 25, Balangir and Jajpur 19 each, Jagatsinghpur 15, Kendrapada 14, Mayurbhanj 13, Bargarh 10, Nuapada nine, Jharsuguda seven, Subarnapur five, Deogarh two and Bhadrak one.
However, another 772 patients recovered on Friday, taking the total recoveries to 20,517. The highest 212 recovered in Ganjam, followed by 116 in Cuttack, 81 in Khordha, 68 in Keonjhar, 41 in Koraput, 31 in Rayagada, 27 in Gajapati, 24 in Sundargarh, 21 in Jajpur, 20 in Kalahandi, 19 in Nabarangpur, 18 in Mayurbhanj, 14 in Kandhamal, 12 in Malkangiri, 11 in Sambalpur, 10 each in Bhadrak, Kendrapada and Puri, six in Bargarh, five in Balangir, four in Baleswar, three each in Boudh, Jagatsinghpur and Jharsuguda and one each in Angul, Nayagarh and Subarnapur