West Bengal reported 833 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, of which 775 were recoveries and 14 dead. Active cases increased by 44 to 7,535 a spike for which officials suspect an unrestricted crowd on the streets during the Durga Puja festivities. The increase in cases was expected as people went out shopping and pandal hopping without even wearing masks, said Atin Ghosh, the health department in charge of Kolkata Municipal Corporation. He also blamed overcrowding at certain area of Kolkata for spike in cases, which reports highest new cases over the past few days.
The Bengal minister said the new reported cases now show people being infected through October 12th to 16th (Mahasaptami to Ekadashi). “Despite the 15-day increase in active cases since September 26, the number of active cases has dropped (between September 25 and Thursday) by 139. There is no reason to panic yet,” he said.
Calcutta reported 232 new cases and North 24-Parganas 143, which are the only two of the 23 state districts with three- digit numbers found. Eight regions reported number one. Nineteen counties reported zero deaths on Thursday. Calcutta reported 5 and North 24-Parganas 7. The current state recovery rate is 98.32 percent, while the national rate is 98.13.
Bengal’s daily positive case rate, which is almost 33 percent at the top of the second wave, was 2.52 percent on Thursday. The state mortality rate is 1.2 percent, while that national rate is 1.33 percent. The state now has 4.37 percent of national operating rates, and is the sixth in the list of countries with the highest number of such cases.
Bengal was ousted from the 97-day streak for a permanent fall in total active cases before the Puja season, on September 26. Since then, in the past 26 days, the state has recorded an increase of 15 working days, 10 days of falls and no change per day.
Bengal now has more than 15.83 cases against the Covid-19, since the first one entered March last year. The total includes more than 15.57 lakh acquisitions and 19,021 deaths.
A total of 1,88,02,105 samples have been tested in West Bengal so far, the report said.
A total of 33,018 samples were tested for coronavirus on Thursday.
A total of 5,92,500 people were vaccinated on Thursday as the number of people vaccinated rose to 6.88 crore.