COVID-19 in Bengal: 6,176 new cases in just 5 days, discharge rate drops to 61.9%

The number of new Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in West Bengal has now gone up to over 1,200 on an average in the past five days, with 1,560 new cases reported on Sunday.

With such a high number of new cases and the number of discharged patients more or less remaining the same, the discharge rate has gone down to 61.90 per cent now. West Bengal had an impressive, over 66 per cent discharge rate less than two weeks ago.

One of the reasons for the number of new cases per day going up is due to the increased number of tests across the state – which has gone up from 8,000 per day to over 11,000 in the past few weeks, said a state health department official.

On July 11, the number of new cases in the state was 1,344, and the number of new cases on July 10 was 1,198. On July 9, there were 1,088 new cases and another 986 cases were reported on July 8.

In the past 24 hours, the total number of cases in West Bengal has gone up to 30,013, with 932 deaths reported so far (including 26 deaths in the last 24 hours). Currently, there are 10,500 active COVID-19 cases (as on July 12), and the number of samples tested on July 12 was 11,709.

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