COVID-19 death toll in Bengal rises to 294; total cases at 7,303

COVID-19 death toll in Bengal rises to 294, total cases at 7,303
Kolkata, Jun 5 (PTI) West Bengal reported 11 more COVID-19 deaths on Friday, taking the toll to 294 while the state also registered its highest single-day spike in cases with 427 new patients, pushing the virus count to 7,303, a health department bulletin said.

The number of active cases rose to 4,025, it said.

Of the 11 deaths, four each were from Kolkata and its twin city Howrah while two were reported from North 24 Parganas district and one from Hooghly, the bulletin said.

There were deaths of 72 other patients due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was "incidental", it maintained.

Kolkata accounted for the highest number of fresh cases (101), followed by North 24 Parganas (65), Howrah (62), Hooghly (44), Malda (34), North Dinajpur (29), Darjeeling (17), West Midnapore (13) and South 24 Parganas (12), the bulletin said.

Nine cases each were reported in Bankura and East Burdwan, eight in Nadia, six in East Midnapore and Birbhum, four in Murshidabad, three in South Dinajpur, two in Kalimpong and one each in West Burdwan and Coochbehar districts, it said, adding one patient is from outside the state.

As many as 464 new cases have been reported in Kolkata since June 1, even as the government is planning to ease lockdown norms.

"The rise in the number of cases can be attributed to the return of people from other states and the increase in the number of tests," a state health department official said.

In the last 24 hours, 9,686 samples have been tested, the bulletin said.

At least 144 people were discharged from different hospitals since Thursday evening after getting cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 2,912, it added. PTI SCH ACD RHL

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West Bengal reported 11 more COVID-19 deaths on Friday, taking the toll to 294 while the state also registered its highest single-day spike in cases with 427 new patients, pushing the virus count to 7,303, a health department bulletin said.

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