West Bengal, 17th November: There is a sharp drop in the number of active Covid cases in Bengal. According to the reports, only 3,012 new infections were recorded on Monday while the number of people recovered was 4,376. The discharge rate moved up to 91.81 percent and the active caseload declined by a massive 1,417 to 27,897 cases.

According to the state health bulletin, 53 deaths occurred in 24 hours, taking the death toll to 7,714.  Among the deaths, there was a Kolkata Police officer who was a sub-inspector in the Special Branch. Manab Bandyopadhyay, in his forties, was recently diagnosed with the disease.

The Kolkata Police tweeted, “We deeply mourn the untimely demise of Sub-Inspector Manab Bandopadhyay, who was posted in the Special Branch. He was affected with Covid-19 and was at the forefront of our fight against corona.”

Kolkata and its adjacent districts, however, have continued to report a major share in the caseload. 728 persons tested positive in Kolkata and 718 tested positive in North 24 Parganas.

Although the recovery rate has brought down active Covid cases in both Kolkata and North 24 Parganas that are the heart of the pandemic’s epicenter in the state. The other districts like Hooghly reported 190 positive cases, South 24 Parganas reported 185 positive cases and Howrah reported 119 positive cases.