Hint at end to drop in total Covid active cases in Bengal
Bengal on Wednesday reported a drop in its total of active Covid-19 cases for the 37th consecutive day since the end of Durga Puja as the state logged 3,275 recoveries, 3,271 infections and 51 deaths.
Having fallen by 13,024 since Vijaya Dashami on October 26, the total of active cases now is 24,166.
In these 37 days, Bengal logged over 1.47 lakh recoveries and 1.36 lakh infections.
But the gap between the daily recoveries and the new infections has been reducing over the past couple of weeks, which suggests the spell of fall in the total of active cases might end soon.
“This is something we have noted. The number of daily recoveries has been on the decline for a fortnight or so,” said a Bengal minister.
“We are not ruling out the possibility of this spectacular spell of turnaround ending in a matter of days. But that will be temporary, according to our estimates. We will be back on track again in no time,” he added.
The state now has a total of over 4.9 lakh infections, which include more than 4.57 lakh recoveries and 8,527 deaths.
The recovery rate, currently in an unbroken spell of rise for 41 consecutive days, rose to 93.33, closer to the national rate of 94.06 per cent.
“This is far more important. We don’t foresee a break in this spell at the moment. The recovery rate will keep rising,” said the minister.
Of the 51 deaths reported on Wednesday, a dozen were from Calcutta. The total toll comprises 7,139 (83.7 per cent) comorbid deaths. The state’s mortality rate improved to 1.73, but it is still behind national rate of 1.45 per cent.
With 42,624 tests on Wednesday, the state’s total test count went past 59.58 lakh, at 66,209 tests per million people. The positive confirmation rate is 8.22 per cent.
The state reported 26.55 per cent occupancy on 13,538 beds for Covid-19 on Wednesday.
Over 5.01 lakh telemedicine consultations have been made on the pandemic so far.