West Bengal COVID tally rises to 5,69,459; total fatalities

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10,155 Kolkata, Jan 29 (PTI) West Bengal's COVID-19 death toll rose to 10,155 after 7 more fatalities were reported on Friday, the health department said.

The tally of total cases went up to 5,69,459 after 286 fresh cases of the contagion were registered in the state in the last 24 hours, the bulletin said.

The discharge rate improved to 97.21 per cent after 349 recoveries were reported from across the state.

Till Friday, 5,53,593 COVID infected patients have recovered in West Bengal, it said.

Accordingly, the number of active cases was recorded at 5,711.

While the city accounted for four deaths, in the neighbouring North 24 Parganas there was two casualties and Hooghly (1), the bulletin said.

A senior Opthalmologist Dr Subhra Paul, in her mid-60s, succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday afternoon taking the total number of doctors killed by the disease to 95, a health department official said.

All the 7 deaths were due to the comorbidities where coronavirus was incidental.

In North 24 Parganas 91 fresh cases of the infection were reported while in Kolkata there were 59 new cases, it said.

Since Thursday, a total of 25,064 samples were tested in West Bengal taking the total number of such medical examinations to 79,44,701, it said.

Meanwhile, on the 10th day of the vaccination programme in West Bengal, at least 34,509 people were inoculated in 518 sites, even as six Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) cases were reported, an official said.

A total of 2,21,903 people have been vaccinated in the last 10 days.

'All the six AEFI cases are mainly due to minor issues like pain in injection spot, dizziness, vertigo and nausea,' he said. PTI SCH JANA SCH JANA