Kolkata: Bucking the trend, West Bengal on Monday reported 19,286 fresh COVID-19 cases, 5,001 fewer than the previous day, raising the tally to 17,74,332, the health department said. It had registered an all-time high single-day spike of 24,287 infections on Sunday.
The death toll mounted to 19,917 with 16 more fatalities, the bulletin said. West Bengal now has 89,194 active cases, while 8,187 patients recovered since Sunday.
Earlier in the day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called up BJP state president Sukanta Majumdar — who was diagnosed with COVID-19 a day ago — to enquire about his health, sources in the TMC said.
Majumdar, who is undergoing treatment at a city hospital, got the call from Banerjee around 11.30 am, according to the sources. The conversation lasted for around three minutes, they said. The CM has sent a fruit basket for Majumdar.
The Banerjee-led government had been sending out fruit baskets for COVID-infected people in the state, a gesture that has been appreciated on social media by many. Majumdar tested positive for the disease on Sunday.
TMC MP Sougata Roy, when approached by reporters, said Banerjee does not take into account political identities during the time of crisis. “This is the humane side of Mamata Banerjee. Political identities don’t matter to her when someone is in crisis. This is how it should be…” he added.