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Bengal logs record 15,992 new COVID-19 cases, 68 more deaths

Bengal logs record 15,992 new COVID-19 cases, 68 more deaths
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Kolkata: West Bengal on Monday registered 68 deaths due to COVID-19, the highest so far in a single day, pushing the toll to 11,009, the health department said.

The state also reported record 15,992 fresh infections, which took the tally to 7,59,942, the department said in its bulletin.

Kolkata alone accounted for 26 deaths, followed by North-24 Parganas at 11, South-24 Parganas at seven, Hooghly at five and Malda at four.

Of the 68 deaths, 45 were due to comorbidities and COVID-19 was just "incidental".

The state capital further recorded 3,868 fresh cases, neighbouring North-24 Parganas 3,425 cases, South 24 Parganas 982, Howrah 914 and Hooghly 818.

Accordingly, the number of active cases has risen to 94,949, the bulletin said.

A total of 9,775 people have recuperated from the disease in the last 24 hours, with the discharge rate currently standing at 86.06 per cent.

So far, 6,53,984 people have recovered in the state.

As many as 1,02,15,358 samples have been tested thus far, including 48,562 since Sunday, the bulletin added.

A senior official of the health department said more than 2.40 lakh people were administered COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, and no case of adverse event following immunization (AEFI) was noted.

Meanwhile, a hoteliers' body has tied up with the Association of Hospitals of Eastern India (AHEI) and agreed to provide rooms for setting up isolation units, amid shortage of beds in most medical establishments.

"We have offered around 1,000 rooms across various categories of hotels for COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms. These hotels, situated within two-km radius of the hospitals, will be serving as satellite centres for the clinical establishments," Sudesh Poddar, president, Hotel & Restaurants Association of Eastern India (HRAEI), said.

Rupak Barua, the president of AHEI, said the satellite centres will have necessary medical equipment, oxygen supply among other things.

"Patients admitted in these centres will be treated under strict supervision of qualified medical teams, with round-the-clock presence of doctors and nursing staff," he added.

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