Covid: Bengal logs 997 new infections and 17 deaths
Bengal on Saturday logged the 20th straight day of a drop in its total number of active Covid-19 cases, by 386 to 15,304.
On Saturday, the state reported 1,336 recoveries, 997 new infections and 17 deaths, three of them from Calcutta.
With Calcutta logging 86 new infections and North 24-Parganas 96, Saturday was the third day since the second wave when not one of Bengal’s 23 districts reported a three-digit figure of new infections in a day. Nineteen districts reported double-digit figures and North Dinajpur, Murshidabad, Birbhum and Purulia single-digit figures.
North 24-Parganas reported five deaths, Darjeeling one and 17 Bengal districts zero deaths on Saturday.
The state’s daily positive confirmation rate, nearly 33 per cent at the peak of the second wave, was 1.9 per cent on Saturday, indicating a reducing Covid-19 spread.
Bengal’s recovery rate rose to 97.8 per cent, with the national rate 97.18. The state’s mortality rate is 1.18 per cent now and that of the nation is 1.32.
Bengal now has a total of over 15.11 lakh Covid-19 cases, since the first was detected in March last year. It includes nearly 14.78 lakh recoveries and 17,903 deaths.