COVID continues to rage in poll-bound Bengal with 7,713 new cases, 34 deaths; Kolkata, North 24 Parganas worst-hit

Kolkata on Saturday also accounted for its highest one-day spike of 1,998 new cases along with 10 more casualties. Neighbouring North 24 Parganas registered 1.639 cases and eight deaths

Press Trust of India April 18, 2021 00:13:16 IST
COVID continues to rage in poll-bound Bengal with 7,713 new cases, 34 deaths; Kolkata, North 24 Parganas worst-hit

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West Bengal, which is witnessing Assembly election, on Saturday registered its highest single-day spike of 7,713 coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 6,51,508, bulletin released by the state health department said.

The death toll rose to 10,540 after 34 COVID-19 fatalities were registered in the state, it added.

Kolkata on Saturday also accounted for its highest one-day spike of 1,998 new cases along with 10 more casualties. Neighbouring North 24 Parganas registered eight deaths, Murshidabad (5), Birbhum (3) and two each in South 24 Parganas (2) and Purulia, the bulletin said.

One death each was reported in Hooghly, Howrah, Purba Bardhaman and Jalpaiguri districts, it added.

Out of the 34 deaths, 17 were due to the co-morbidities where COVID-19 was incidental.

Among the fresh cases, North 24 Parganas accounted for 1,639 cases, while Howrah (432), Birbhum (406), Malda (344), Hooghly (321) and Paschim Bardhaman (310), it added.

In the last 24 hours, 3,426 recoveries were registered in the state. The discharge rate slipped further to 91.43 per cent as till Saturday 5,95,668 people have been cured in the state.

Since Friday, 45,330 samples have been tested in West Bengal taking the total number of such clinical examinations to 97,62,086.

On Saturday, Trinamool Congress MLA from Murarai constituency in the outgoing assembly Abdur Rahman died at a city hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 , health department officials said.

Rahman, who was named as the candidate for the same seat by the TMC for the ongoing elections, was replaced by Dr Mosarraf Hossain after he tested positive for the contagion. Rahman was shifted to a private hospital after his condition deteriorated, the official said adding that the TMC leader breathed his last this morning.
The surging coronavirus in its second wave is a cause of worry for the poll-bound Bengal.

On Saturday, the fifth phase polling of the assembly elections were conducted in 45 constituencies with three phases remaining. The counting is scheduled on May 2.
Incidentally, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had proposed to club the final three phases of the ongoing elections after the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in West
Bengal, which, however, was turned down by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Two contesting candidates -- both from West Bengal's Murshidabad district -- died due to the COVID-19 . At least five other contesting candidates are undergoing
treatment after they tested positive for the disease.

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