COVID-19 in West Bengal: 26,242 tests done on August 9, total number of cases in the state crosses 95,000
There were 26,242 COVID-19 tests done on August 9 – the highest number of tests done on a single day so far. The Bengal government had set a target of doing over 25,000 tests every day in mid-August.
On Sunday, there were 2,939 new cases reported. While this number has been high, state government officials explained that the higher the number of tests done, the higher number of cases per day is likely to increase. The important thing is that the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases out of the total tests done, has been coming down.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in West Bengal so far has now increased to 95,554. There are currently 26,375 active cases of COVID-19 patients in the state.
The total number of tests done so far in Bengal reached 11,05,899 on Thursday. Tests are being conducted in 60 laboratories, including the government labs and those that are privately run.
Discharge rate of COVID-19 patients is now 70.24 per cent. Altogether, 67,120 patients have been treated and discharged in the state, with 1,996 discharged in the last 24 hours. The total number of deaths in Bengal has now reached 2,059, with 54 deaths reported in one day.