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State records highest spike of 2,954 cases

West Bengal recorded its highest surge of 2,954 COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking its total case tally to 86,754, even as the State government announced the appointment of 500 doctors and medical staff, and a new patient management system to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The State also recorded 56 fatalities, pushing its death toll to 1,902.

Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha said the new system will try to make available the details of each patient. “Doctors are being appointed through walk-in interviews,” Mr. Sinha said.

Of the 22,000 active cases, 4,133 are hospitalised, of which 1,144 have serious ailments, while the rest have moderate or mild symptoms. The State has also achieved its target of 25,000 tests a day, testing 25,224 samples in the past 24 hours. The recovery rate stands at 70.34%, while 87% of the victims so far had co-morbidities.

CPI(M) leader dies

Shyamal Chakraborty (78), a senior leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), passed away at a city hospital on Thursday. He had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the hospital on July 30.

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