Records of West Bengal, where cases of coronavirus plunged into a horrendous turn in the wake of assembly elections, is now one of the most serious in the country. While COVID-19 cases in India showed a decline in recent days, Western Bengal recorded a 34.4% positive infection rate as of 11 May.
During the last 8 days, two state districts, Kolkata and North 24 Parganas, have contributed to one-third of the active caseload According to data released by the State health department, between May 4 and May 11 in West Bengal, a total of 1,33,846 cases were reported.
The cumulative cases of these two districts amount to 55,337, almost 41.3% of the total number of cases. The data reported on 11 May shows that these two districts contributed cumulatively seven,971 cases out of the total of 20,136, representing 39.5% of the total cases.
However, a week before 4 May, 7,868 of these 17,639 COVID cases were incurred by these two districts, accounting for 44.6% of the total cases. The data themselves show that in these two districts there is a slight downward curve. The West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee ordered that centres, cinemas, restaurants and bars, gyms and parlours be shut down altogether on 1 May.
The timing of the market was also limited and those travelling to the state need an RT-PCR report. While the government’s restriction has made the viral infection unchecked, the recent newsletter shows that the number of new cases has passed the 20,000-mark, bringing fresh covid cases in the state to 1,27,673.
The percentage of positive cases for the samples tested is 9.3%. “Even Kolkata and North 24 Parganas were the most vulnerable during the first wave. We have taken a number of steps to control the spread of the disease and produce results. In the next 15 days we hope to bring about 20 percent,” a senior health department official said.
In the past two weeks a total of 15 districts of Bengaluru Urban (Karnataka), Chennai (Tamil Nadu),24 Parganas North (West Bengal), Kolkata (West Bengal), Jaipur (Rajastan), Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Satara (Maharashtra), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Chenalpattu (Tamil Nadu), Mysuru (Karnataka), ernakulam (Karnataka) (Tamil Nadu).