West Bengal Sees Highest Single Day Spike Of Covid-19 Cases, BJP Workers Flout Social Distancing Norms

Rohini Chatterji
Passengers queue up to enter Howrah station on June 1, 2020 in Kolkata, India.

West Bengal on Tuesday saw the biggest single-day spike with 396 people testing positive for Covid-19 in the state in 24 hours. Ten more people died of the novel coronavirus, the state government’s daily bulletin said. 

The Mamata Banerjee government mulled on new rules for containment zones to allay fears of people in those zones. 

Workers of the BJP, that has constantly accused the ruling government of being unable to contain the situation in the state, openly flouted social distancing norms as they crowded in their party headquarters in Kolkata to congratulate new office bearers of the state. 

For the second day in a row, since an ease in lockdown came into effect, commuters struggled to find transport. 

The government also announced new dates for the higher secondary examination. 

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3,423 active cases 

Covid-19 cases in West Bengal continued to rise in leaps and bounds with 396 new cases recorded on Tuesday. The total number of cases report from the state crossed stood at 6,168. 

The number of active cases in the state was at 3,423. 

The death toll in the state rose to 263 after 10 more people died of the disease. This is without counting the deaths of 72 Covid-19 positive patients with co-morbidities. 

The Union health ministry put the death toll, counting those 72 deaths, at 335. 

The bulletin said 104 more people had been discharged from hospitals across the state, taking the total number of people who have recovered to 2,410. 

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