West Bengal on Saturday registered over 2,000 Covid-19 cases in a day for the first time, which pushed its caseload past 40,000 to 40,209.
The addition of 2,198 cases, which was the fourth record rise this week, took the active caseload to 15,594. The state Department of Health also recorded 27 deaths, which raised the toll to 1,076.
Over 70 per cent of cases, and 23 of deaths were recorded in Kolkata; its adjoining districts North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Howrah; and Hooghly. These districts have recorded a bulk of infections, and fatalities till date. Two other deaths occurred in Paschim Medinipur, and one each in Dakshin Dinajpur and Alipurduar in North Bengal.
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