Kolkata, Oct 9 (PTI) West Bengal on Friday recorded the highest single-day spike of 3,573 new COVID-19 cases, taking its tally to 2,87,603, as per a bulletin issued by the Health Department.
The toll rose to 5,501 with 62 more deaths, it said.
In the last 24 hours, 3,069 people recovered from COVID-19, following which the discharge rate further slipped to 87.90 per cent.
There are 29,296 active cases in the state at present.
Since Thursday, 42,532 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in West Bengal, the bulletin said.
Thirteen fatalities each were reported from Kolkata and neighbouring North 24 Parganas district, it said.
Howrah and Paschim Medinipur accounted for six deaths each, while five deaths were reported from Hooghly.
Fifty-three of the latest deaths happened due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental, the bulletin said.
The highest 772 new cases were detected in Kolkata.
North 24 Parganas district recorded 751 new cases.
The state has so far tested 36.08 lakh samples for COVID-19, it added. PTI SCH SOM SOM