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Covid: Bengal records 547 new cases and six deaths

The state’s recovery rate is 98.18 per cent, its highest ever this pandemic and fairly ahead of the national rate of 97.49 per cent
Bengal now has 2.67 per cent of the national total of active cases, and is sixth among states with most such cases.

Meghdeep Bhattacharyya   |   Calcutta   |   Published 18.08.21, 12:55 AM

Bengal on Tuesday recorded 547 new Covid-19 infections, 637 recoveries and six deaths.

The state’s total number of active cases fell by 96 to reach 9,736 on Tuesday, after a 58 straight days of a slide.

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Bengal now has 2.67 per cent of the national total of active cases, and is sixth among states with most such cases.

Calcutta logged 32 new infections and one death.

The state’s recovery rate is 98.18 per cent, its highest ever this pandemic and fairly ahead of the national rate of 97.49 per cent.

Bengal’s daily positive confirmation rate, nearly 33 per cent at the peak of the second wave, was 1.49 per cent on Tuesday.

With North 24-Parganas reporting 77 new cases, Tuesday was the 12th consecutive day again of not one Bengal district reporting a three-digit figure of new infections.

Sixteen among Bengal districts reported a two-digit figures and Alipurduar, Kalimpong, North and South Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Birbhum and Purulia reported single-digit figures.

Seventeen Bengal districts reported zero deaths on Tuesday, while Calcutta apart, Darjeeling, West and East Midnapore, Howrah, Hooghly also reported one each.

The state’s mortality rate is 1.19 now, while that of the nation is 1.34 per cent.

Bengal now has nearly 15.4 lakh Covid-19 cases, since the first was reported in March last year. The total includes over 15.11 lakh recoveries and 18,318 deaths.



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