COVID-19 in Bengal: discharge rate nearly 80%, over 40,000 tests done in 24 hours

The COVID-19 situation appears to be steadily improving in West Bengal, with the discharge rate now 79.75 per cent. Till August 26, there were 1,17,857 patients treated and discharged across the state.

On a single day, 40,031 tests were conducted, with 2,974 new cases reported on Wednesday.

The number of tests are being increased every day, but the percentage of new cases reported per day has not gone up, say officials. They said that this indicates an improvement in the overall situation. With discharge rate of patients increasing, the situation is now almost under control, they said. Till now, 1,47,775 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bengal, and 2,964 persons have died from it. Currently, there are 26,954 active cases in the state, which has gone down by 395 in the past 24 hours.

The state government is implementing a bi-weekly complete lockdown to contain the spread of COVID.

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