A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a dog sitting on a garlic sack in a closed wholesale market after authorities announced lockdown for one day this week in the West Bengal state, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kolkata. (Reuters)

A person sporting a protecting face masks walks previous a canine sitting on a garlic sack in a closed wholesale market after authorities introduced lockdown for someday this week within the West Bengal state, amidst the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Kolkata. (Reuters)

The rely has elevated by greater than three and a half occasions since July 10 and the state has discovered itself clustered within the higher half amongst all main states in India with respect to the speed of progress over the past month.

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West Bengal has turn out to be the seventh state in India to breach the mark of 1 lakh Covid-19 instances, after Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh)

The state has seen a steep rise over the past month and reported shut to three,000 every day instances within the final 6 days. It recorded its peak as 2,954 instances had been reported on August 6.

West Bengal first crossed the every day rely of 1,000 instances on July 9 and since then has seen a pointy rise within the variety of instances. The rely has elevated by greater than three and a half occasions since July 10 and the state has discovered itself clustered within the higher half amongst all main states in India with respect to the speed of progress over the past month.

It has added 71,350 instances within the final one month, which is somewhat over 72% of the whole variety of Covid-19 instances within the state.

TESTING RAMPED UP BUT POSITIVITY RATE ON THE RISE

The state has considerably elevated testing over the past three weeks. From testing a median of simply above 15,000 every day samples for the week ending July 27, the quantity elevated to over 19,000 on August 3. A contact over 25,000 every day checks have been carried out over the past week.

Nonetheless, even with ramped up testing, the Total Positivity Price has nearly doubled over the past month. This means that the speed of progress of instances has been greater than the proportionate enhance within the variety of checks from July 10 to August 10.

West Bengal recorded a Weekly Positivity Price of 11.52% from August 4-10, suggesting that roughly one in each 9 individuals being at present examined within the state are returning optimistic.

SOUTH BENGAL REMAINS HOTBED WITH 70% CASES & 90% DEATHS

The 5 worst-affected districts in West Bengal – Kolkata, North 24 Parganas, Howrah, South 24 Parganas and Hooghly – all lie clustered collectively within the southern a part of the state.

Collectively they account for 71,349 of the 98,459 instances, i.e 72.47% of the whole variety of instances within the state as on August 10. In addition to, these 5 districts account for 90.24% or 1,895 of the two,100 Covid-19 fatalities in West Bengal.

Whereas Kolkata has witnessed its instances surge by greater than thrice, the numbers have elevated four-fold within the adjoining North 24 Parganas.

With the mortality fee at 3.38%, Kolkata is third-highest among the many 17 districts within the nation with 20,000-plus instances. Solely Ahmedabad (5.8%) and Mumbai (5.5%) have a better mortality fee. The state capital accounts for nearly 46% of the whole variety of deceased attributable to Covid-19 in West Bengal.

Total, West Bengal’s mortality fee of two.1% is marginally greater than the nationwide common of 1.99%. It has witnessed a dramatic fall over the previous couple of months – from 9.54% in Could to 4.63% in June to three.25% in July to 2.1% in August – this turnaround has been a serious achievement of the state.

Regardless of being the fourth-most populous state within the nation after Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar, West Bengal with 21 deaths per million inhabitants has fared higher than Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Delhi.

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As instances rise in West Bengal, the actual fear for the state stays the epicentre Kolkata and the encompassing 4 districts.

West Bengal has prolonged the restriction on incoming flights to Kolkata from six Covid-19 hotspot cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Ahmedabad and Chennai – until August 31. The state is already observing its second section of full lockdown applied at staggered intervals – on 7 full lockdown days in August, no incoming passenger flights can land in Kolkata or every other airport in West Bengal.

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