Covid Positivity Rate On The Rise In West Bengal, Mamata To Take Stock Soon

Rohini Chatterji
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A healthcare worker is seen spraying a disinfectant inside a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata in a file photo. 
A healthcare worker is seen spraying a disinfectant inside a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata in a file photo.

Days after the Durga Puja festivities ended, the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in West Bengal is worrying the Mamata Banerjee government.

The rising death toll in some districts, coupled with people not even wearing masks in many places, has the administration anxious, say news reports.

While the number of active cases dropped for two days in a row in the state, the test positivity rate has increased steadily over the past month.

Amid concerns over the aftermath of Durga Puja celebrations, experts have said that lowered active cases shouldn’t mean the administration can be complacent.

Positivity rate has increased in West Bengal

The rate of people testing positive has only risen in West Bengal in the last one month. Exactly a month ago, on September 28 it was at 7.98%. By October 15 it rose to 8.01% and in the last 24 hours the positivity rate was 8.17%, according to the government’s daily bulletins.

Rising death toll has authorities worried

Authorities are also concerned about the rising death toll and positivity rates in some areas of the state.

Anandabazar Patrika said that both the infection and death rate had increased in 12 districts, according to an internal report of the West Bengal health department.

The Bengali newspaper said that the report for the week of 20-26 October showed that the case positive rate in Kolkata rose from 19.06% to 21.43%.

The increased positivity rate was recorded in other districts too — West Midnapore (14.60%), Jalpaiguri (12.41%), East Midnapore (10.72%), Nadia (9.50%), Howrah (8.60%), Darjeeling (8.17%), Malda (7.47%), South 24 Parganas (6.44%), East Burdwan (5.50%), Birbhum (5.48%) and Murshidabad (5.44%).

Lakshmi puja worry in the hills

While Darjeeling is one of the districts where the number of cases are on the rise, officials have raised an alert ahead of Lakshmi Puja on October 30.

Usually priests go from house to house performing the pujas for different families.

The Telegraph reported that...

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