Other Side Of The Big Day: West Bengal & Tamil Nadu Register Highest Covid Spike on Counting Day

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Amid the political showdown and a day of celebration in the states like West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, India has also reported a huge spike of 3.6 lakh cases in the last 24 hours. Bengal and Tamil Nadu have recorded their highest single-day rise in Covid-19 cases on the day of counting for assembly elections on Sunday. As per Union Health Ministry, West Bengal recorded 17,515 new infections in 24 hours while  Tamil Nadu reported 20,768 new cases.

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This led Bengal’s Covid-19 tally to rose to 8,63,393, as reported by the state health department. The death toll in the state increased to 11,539 with 92 more fatalities, it added. On day 2nd of May, almost 15,587 people were cured of the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 7,33,359, and the discharge rate of COVID patients is at 84.94 percent.

Presently, West Bengal records about 1,18,495 active cases, a health ministry bulletin stated, additionally, 56,209 samples were tested since Saturday. Additionally, almost 20,768 new Covid-19 infections have pushed the caseload to 12,07,112 while the death toll rose to 14,346 with new 153 fatalities in Tamil Nadu. The state health department announced that the recoveries mounted to 10,72,322 on Sunday with 17,576 patients being discharged, leaving 1,20,444 active cases.

The number of samples tested stood at 1,43,083, pushing the cumulative number of specimens detected so far to 2,29,56,942. Moreover, Tamil Nadu had reached the 10,000 cases mark on April 18, by adding 10,723 new infections. The state capital witnessed the major chunk of new cases accounting for 6,078 on Sunday, aggregating to 3,45,966 to date.

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The metropolis is also ahead in the number of fatalities with 4,820 deaths. Apart from Chennai witnessing new infections in four digits, neighboring Chengalpet district clocked 1,582 fresh cases, Coimbatore added 1,441 and Thiruvallur logged 1,049. Districts like, Madurai saw 880 fresh cases followed by Salem (582), Erode (549), Krishnagiri (503), Kancheepuram (495), and Kanyakumari (317).