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West Bengal’s Bidhannagar witnesses sudden spike in COVID-19 cases

Rida Shaikh

There has been a sudden surge in the number of coronavirus cases in West Bengal’s Bidhannagar. After staying below 700 for almost a fortnight, there has been a sudden spike in the number of positive coronavirus cases. The cases jumped from 701 on Saturday to 807 on Tuesday. The sudden spike has kept the Salt Lake and Rajarhat authorities on their edges.

As per figures, the number of active COVID-19 cases had dropped to around 12 percent of the total cases. Now, they’ve risen to over 13 percent.

After another fourteen days of transmission cycle that ended on Monday, the COVID-19 transmission rate stays at 1.2. However, the COVID-19 death rate has dropped to 0.8 percent with only three deaths in the last month. The total number of deaths was 50 by Tuesday.

There has been a steady increase in the number of COVID recoveries. Also, the number of active cases had gone below 700 on September 13th and they continued to drop for a week to 650. There had been a slight increase after this with 662 active cases until last Tuesday. Since after that, there has been a steep rise in the number of active coronavirus cases. The figures crossed the 700-mark on 26th September and within two mere days, the figure broke the 800-mark.

Officials stated that as per the trend of the past few weeks, the transmission rate is expected to drop furthermore. The transmission rate in Bidhannagar civic body has declined since the end of its second cycle on 27th April- 5.7.

Officials informed that the COVID-19 curve in Bidhannagar will become a plateau once the transmission rate drops to 1 percent and the number of coronavirus cases starts to decline gradually once the rate falls below 1 percent.

A civic official said, “The pace at which new COVID cases were being reported from July to mid-August has come down in the first few weeks of September, with more persons recovering than the number of new cases being reported in the last one month.”

Currently, the civic body of Bidhannagar contains only one containment zone.

 

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