(Eds: Adds details) Kolkata, Aug 31 (PTI) The discharge rate of COVID-19 patients in West Bengal rose to 82.49 per cent after 3,318 patients recovered from the disease on Monday, a bulletin released by the health department said.
On Sunday, the discharge rate was close to 82 per cent.
So far, 1,34,270 people have recovered from the disease in the state.
The state's coronavirus caseload went up to 1,62,778 as 2,993 new cases of infection were registered in the state on Monday.
The death toll due to the disease also mounted to 3,228 after 52 fresh fatalities were reported, the bulletin said.
The number of active cases is now 25,280.
Of the 52 casualties on Monday, 41 were due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental.
Thirteen of the fresh fatalities were recorded in North 24 Parganas district, 10 in Kolkata, nine in South 24 Parganas and four each in Nadia and Hooghly districts, the bulletin said. The remaining 12 deaths were reported from several other districts.
North 24 Parganas also registered 447 new cases, while 444 people from Kolkata and 316 others from Paschim Medinipur district tested positive for the contagion.
Altogether 42,239 samples were tested for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, while 18,87,635 such tests were conducted in the state till date, the bulletin said.
Meanwhile, plasma collection for treating coronavirus patients started at Malda Medical College and Hospital on Monday, state government officials said. PTI SCH NN NN