(Eds: Adding details) Kolkata, Sept 29 (PTI) West Bengal on Tuesday reported 3,188 new cases of COVID-19, taking its tally to 2,53,768, as per a bulletin issued by the Health Department.
The COVID-19 toll rose to 4,899 after 62 more people died.
Since Monday, 2,961 people have recovered, improving the discharge rate to 87.80 per cent.
So far, 2,22,805 people have recovered from the disease in the state.
There are 26,064 active cases in the state at present.
In the last 24 hours, 43,769 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the state, the bulletin said.
Kolkata witnessed 15 new deaths, 11 fatalities were reported from the North 24 Parganas district, seven from Nadia, and five each from Bankura and South 24 Parganas, it said.
Forty-five of the latest deaths were because of comorbidities and COVID-19 was incidental, the bulletin said.
The highest 634 new cases were detected in the North 24 Parganas district, while Kolkata reported 608 new infections, the bulletin said.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is at present touring north Bengal, lauded state officials for their work to fight COVID-19.
'I thank everybody all those who have been working hard, resulting in less number of people falling prey to the disease. The death rate is low here and we have to bring it further down,' she said at an administrative review meeting in Siliguri.
'Policemen are getting infected with the coronavirus most, so they should take extra measures. We have to take precaution since Alipurduar is a border area. Siliguri is also the gateway to the north-eastern region,' she said. PTI SCH SOM SOM