Kolkata, Sept 30 (PTI) At least 3,281 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in West Bengal on Wednesday, which raised the tally to 2,57,049, while 59 fatalities pushed the death toll in the state to 4,958, the health department said in its bulletin.
Altogether 2,954 people have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of people cured of the disease to 2,25,759, the bulletin said.
The discharge rate stands at 87.83 per cent.
North 24 Parganas accounted for the maximum number of fresh fatalities at 18, followed by Kolkata at 11, and Howrah at seven. Four deaths each were recorded in South 24 Parganas, Paschim Bardhaman and Darjeeling, three each in Hooghly and Nadia, and one each in Paschim Medinipur, Jhargram, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar.
Of the 59 deaths, 52 were due to the comorbidities where COVID-19 was 'incidental'.
The state capital reported 672 fresh coronavirus cases, while neighbouring North 24 Parganas registered 661 new patients and South 24 Parganas 272.
West Bengal currently has 26,332 active cases.
As many as 32,27,462 samples have been tested in the state so far, including 43,765 samples since Tuesday, the bulletin added.
State minister Manturam Pakhira, and actor-turned-TMC leader Soham Chakraborty were among those who were diagnosed with the infection.
Meanwhile, Kolkata police commissioner Anuj Sharma on Wednesday resumed office, having recovered from COVID-19.
'Back in Office after recovering from COVID-19 . Was working from home for last few weeks. Thankyou all for the good wishes,' Sharma tweeted. PTI SCH RMS RMS