Bengal's Covid report card: 758 cases, 774 recoveries, 11 deaths
Bengal on Thursday reported 758 Covid-19 infections, 774 recoveries and 11 deaths, resulting in a drop by 27 in its total of active cases to 7,867.
Over the past 61 days — since Bengal snapped out of a 97-day streak of constant fall in the total of active cases ahead of the Puja season on September 26 — the state recorded a rise in its total of active cases for 33 days and a fall for 27 days.
In these 61 days, there has been a net rise of 193 in the state’s total of active cases, from 7,674.
A minister said the number of new infections reported on Thursday was indicative of people who got infected in the November 16 (three days after Jagaddhatri Puja) to 20 (a week after Jagaddhatri Puja) window.
Calcutta reported 215 new infections and North 24-Parganas reported 141, the only two of the state’s 23 districts with a three-digit figure of new cases found.
Eight districts reported single-digit figures.
Calcutta, North and South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly and Nadia accounted for 570 – 75.2 per cent – of the new infections detected on Thursday.
The daily positive confirmation rate, which was nearly 33 per cent at the peak of the second wave, was 2.05 per cent on Thursday.
The state’s recovery rate is 98.31 per cent, a shade below the national rate of 98.33.
Sixteen Bengal districts reported zero deaths. Calcutta and North 24-Parganas reported two each.
The state’s mortality rate is 1.2, while that of the nation is 1.34 per cent.
Bengal now has over 16.12 lakh Covid-19 cases, since the first was logged in March last year. The total includes over 15.85 lakh recoveries and 19,430 casualties.