Bengal tally doubles in 12 days, crosses 7k-mark
As on Friday, the state reported 7,303 cases, with 366 persons dead and 2,912 persons discharged from hospitals after recovery.Updated: Jun 05, 2020 23:58 IST
West Bengal recorded its highest daily increase in the number of Covid-19 cases on Friday, reporting more than 400 cases on a day for the first time. With the 427 cases reported on Friday, the total number of persons testing positive crossed the 7,000 mark, doubling the tally in 12 days. The national doubling rate is around 15 days.
As on Friday, the state reported 7,303 cases, with 366 persons dead and 2,912 persons discharged from hospitals after recovery. On May 24, the total number of cases stood almost half, at 3,667 cases. Reaching 3,667 cases took more than two months, with the state’s first case being reported on March 17.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the sudden spike on the number of migrant workers who recently returned to the state . The state reported 2,490 cases in past seven days, a vast majority of which are migrant workers, according to the state health department.
“Our numbers remained comparatively less but recently had a spike due to many migrant workers who are coming back testing positive,” Banerjee said during a government programme on Friday evening.
According to the chief minister, more than 8.5 lakh workers have returned from other states and nearly 2 lakh more are expected to return.
Kolkata and its neighbouring districts of Howrah and North 24-Parganas were the state’s Covid-19 epicentre until the middle of May. That’s changed now, although cases in Kolkata continued to rise though, increasing from 1,667 on May 24 to 2,589 on June 5. However, Kolkata’s doubling rate was slower, taking about 20 days to double.
The state’s testing parameters have recently improved and the state is testing at least 9000 samples a day over the past week. The state has so far tested 251,517 samples.
Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh have recorded more cases than West Bengal.