(Eds: Adds details) Kolkata, Sep 2 (PTI) The COVID-19 discharge rate in West Bengal improved to 83.53 per cent on Wednesday after 3,297 patients recovered from the disease, the state health department said in a bulletin.
On Tuesday, the discharge rate was 83.04 per cent.
The death toll due to COVID-19 went up to 3,339 after 56 more people succumbed to the infection.
The caseload also rose to 1,68,697 as 2,976 more people tested positive for the contagion, the bulletin said.
The state has 24,445 active cases now.
The bulletin said that 17 of the fresh fatalities were recorded in the city, followed by 11 in Howrah, six in North 24 Parganas and five in South 24 Parganas. The remaining 17 deaths were reported from several other districts.
Out of the 56 deaths, 45 were due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental.
North 24 Parganas accounted for 728 positive cases while Kolkata and Hooghly reported 393 and 247 infections respectively on Wednesday.
Since Tuesday, 44,120 samples were tested for COVID-19 in West Bengal, taking the total number of such tests to 19,75,493, the bulletin said. PTI SCH NN NN