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Covid: Bengal logs 752 new infections and 10 deaths

The total active cases dropped for the 30th consecutive day, by 250 to 12,509
Bengal has 3.11 per cent of India’s active cases, and is eighth among states with most such cases.

Our Bureau   |   Calcutta   |   Published 21.07.21, 01:41 AM

Bengal on Tuesday logged 992 Covid-19 recoveries, 752 new infections, and 10 deaths, as its total active cases dropped for the 30th consecutive day, by 250 to 12,509.

A month ago on June 20, Bengal had 23,016 active cases.

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Bengal has 3.11 per cent of India’s active cases, and is eighth among states with most such cases. The state’s recovery rate is  97.99 per cent, with the national rate at 97.34. A minister said over 26 per cent of Bengal got the first dose of vaccine, and 7.6 per cent both doses, ahead of national figures of 24.5  and 6.4 per cent.

“In terms of people fully vaccinated in a state, we, with over 76 lakh people, are second only to Maharashtra (nearly 93 lakh) in India,” the minister said.

Tuesday was the 16th successive day of less than 1,000 new infections detected in a day.

With Calcutta logging 60 new infections and North 24-Parganas 82, Tuesday was also the 13th straight day since the second wave when none of Bengal’s 23 districts reported a three-digit figure of new infections detected. Eighteen districts reported double-digit figures while South Dinajpur, Malda, Murshidabad, Birbhum and Purulia single-digit figures.

Bengal’s daily positive confirmation rate, which was nearly 33 per cent at the peak of the second wave, was 1.48 per cent on Tuesday, indicating the decline in Covid-19 spread.

Of the 10 deaths, Calcutta reported one and North 24-Parganas two. Fifteen Bengal districts reported zero deaths on Tuesday, while Calcutta apart, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Jhargram, East Midnapore, Howrah reported one each.

The state’s mortality rate is 1.19, while that of the nation is 1.32 per cent.

The state now has a total of over 15.19 lakh Covid-19 cases, since the first was detected in March last year. It includes 14.89 lakh recoveries and 18,021 deaths.



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