With decline in the reporting of new positive cases for about a week in the state, experts have revised its projected tally to 2.93 lakh from 3.14 lakh by the end of October.
The projected number of positive cases has been revised based on a 7 day moving average which is 0.71 per cent in current week against last week’s average of 1.13 per cent, an official said.
The number of active cases has also substantially reduced to below 290,000 after a period of 63 days. The state was reporting above 20,000 active cases since 18 August.
What has actually encouraged the health official is that the number of daily Covid-19 infections in Odisha continued its downward trend and came down below the 1500 Mark on Monday.
The state on Monday reported as many as 1480 new positives detected in the last 24 hours taking the COVID-19 tally to 2,82,695.
However, the death toll due to corona virus reached 1,259 as 14 more patients succumbed to the infection in the last 24 hours, the State Health and Family Welfare Department said.
Of the fresh cases, 858 patients are from quarantine while 622 are local contact cases.
Four districts, Angul (141), Mayurbhanj (113), Khordha (110) and Cuttack (106) reported more than 100 new case.
Of the 14 fresh fatalities, Khurda district reported three fatalities followed by two each deaths in the districts of Bargarh, Ganjam and Sambalpur. One each patient succumbed to infection in Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Nuapada and Sundergarh districts.
The state’s active case number on Monday morning stands at 17,281 while as many as 2,64,102 patients have recovered so far.
The state has thus far conducted over 43.54 lakh sample tests including 36,881 on Sunday, the official data released by Department of Health & Family Welfare said