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Covid-19: West Bengal Records 760, Assam Logs 160 New Cases Amid Durga Puja Celebrations

Amid the ongoing fanfare and celebrations of Durga Puja, West Bengal and Assam have reported a spike in cases.

South Dinajpur: Women take a selfie in front of the Goddess Durga idol after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee virtually inaugurated their community Durga Puja at Balurghat in South Dinajpur district, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Kolkata: Amid the ongoing Durga Puja celebrations, which has rekindled the spirit of festivities after two years of the Covid pandemic, West Bengal’s Covid-19 tally rose to 15,76,337 on Sunday, as 760 more people tested positive for the virus, while 11 fresh fatalities pushed the death toll to 18,905, a health bulletin said.

The state now has 7,649 active cases, and 15,49,783 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 734 since Saturday, it said.

West Bengal has tested a total of 1,85,07,359 samples for Covid-19 thus far.

Altogether, 6.41 crore people have been vaccinated in the state, officials said.

The state authorities, who were witnessing a decline in Covid-19 cases, on Saturday had allowed all shops, restaurants and bars to remain open as per the normal operational hours. According to the official statement, the order will be applied from October 10 to October 20.

Meanwhile, Assam’s Covid-19 tally rose to 6,04,969 on Sunday as 160 more people tested positive for the infection, while five fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 5,926, a health bulletin said.

Kamrup Metropolitan district registered the highest number of new cases at 60, followed by Jorhat (21), Lakhimpur (12), and Nagaon (10).

Two persons died of the infection in Sonitpur and one fresh fatality each was recorded in Barpeta, Jorhat, and Lakhimpur districts.

The state now has 2,605 active cases, while 5,95,091 people have recovered from the disease so far, including 240 in the last 24 hours.

The recovery rate stood at 98.37 per cent.

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The current death rate is 0.98 per cent and 1,347 Covid-19 patients have died due to comorbidities to date.

Assam has tested over 2.39 crore samples for Covid-19 thus far, including 24,900 in the last 24 hours.

Over 1.95 crore people have received the first dose, and 64.03 lakh have been fully vaccinated.

(With inputs from PTI and ANI)

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