West Bengal is witnessing a sharp uptick in Covid-19 cases after the Durga Puja festivities concluded. In the last 24 hours, the state recorded 976 new infections and 15 fatalities.
This is a significant rise from Tuesday, when 806 fresh cases were reported.
State capital Kolkata alone reported 272 Covid-19 cases in a single day. North 24 Parganas had the second highest number of infections at 159.
With this, the total Covid cases in West Bengal reached 15,89,042, while the number of active cases stood at 7,973.
A total of 43,322 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate is at 2.25.
The state health department, meanwhile, has created multiple micro-containment zones to check the transmission of the virus. There are currently 129 containment zones in West Bengal, with the maximum of 43 in North 24 Parganas district.
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With the surge in cases, police swung into action and conducted awareness campaigns on Covid protocol in Kolkata earlier in the day. People seen walking in public without a face mask were given one and warned that a case would be registered against repeat offenders.
Meanwhile, a lockdown was imposed in Sonarpur municipality area in South 24 Parganas district for three days amid a rise in Covid-19 cases. Sonarpur is about 20 km from Kolkata.
The Centre has asked the West Bengal government to immediately review Covid cases and deaths and stressed the importance of ensuring Covid-safe festivities.
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