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38 new COVID-19 cases in West Bengal takes total count in state to 541

The death toll due to the contagion remained 18 in the state, a bulletin released by the West Bengal Health Department said.

Published: 26th April 2020 12:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th April 2020 12:12 AM   |  A+A-

Health workers collect swab samples from people for COVID -19 tests in New Delhi on Thursday April 23 2020. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav/EPS)

By PTI

KOLKATA: At least 38 new COVID-19 cases were reported in West Bengal, taking the total number of coronavirus patients in the state to 541, officials said on Saturday.

The death toll due to the contagion remained 18 in the state, a bulletin released by the West Bengal Health Department said.

Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha had on Friday said the panel set up to ascertain the exact number of COVID-19 fatalities in the state, after auditing 57 suspected deaths, certified that only 18 of them were caused "directly by the disease".

The 39 other deaths were due to severe co-morbidity conditions, he had said.

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With the 38 new cases, the total number of active coronavirus cases in the state stood at 423, the department said.

Since Friday evening, 947 samples were tested, it said, adding, a total of 9,880 samples have been examined in the state so far.

In the last 24 hours, two persons were discharged from hospitals after they recovered from COVID-19.

Till date, 105 coronavirus patients have been discharged from hospitals in the state, the bulletin said.

While the West Bengal government said the number of COVID-19 cases is 541 in the state, the figure put up on the Union health ministry website for West Bengal is 571.

Meanwhile, the Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (I- NK) on Saturday evening said two administrative officials tested positive for coronavirus and have been shifted to a government hospital for treatment.

They had come in contact with a COVID-19 patient, it said in a release.

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