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Flouting COVID Rules Escalates Bengal’s Positivity Rate

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By: Joymala Bagchi
Updated: July 15, 2022 17:16
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KOLKATA: Bengal reported 3029 fresh COVID cases in the last 24 hours, reported to the state’s health bulletin. The state also saw five deaths.

With the state’s active caseload reaching 28856, there is a visible concern in every sphere. Health experts warn that flouting COVID-appropriate behaviours is one of the major reasons behind the rising COVID cases in the state.

Dr Subhendunath Chandra observes, “People are flouting COVID norms massively. It seems that only we the doctors are wearing a mask. At this stage when cases are rising it’s mandatory for each and everyone to stick to COVID norms. People are getting infected mostly where there is congestion.”

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“This time patients are remaining much more stable than observed previously, patients are recovering within five days. The oxygen requirement rate till now is very less. Also the rate of ‘self-medication’ has increased,” Dr Chandra said.

Recently Bengal health department conducted its 5th round of sentinel surveys from July 6 to July 8 which shows that in 10 districts positivity rate surged to 10 per cent or more with Kolkata’s positivity rate reaching 13 per cent.

The highest surge reported in the Nandigram district amounts to 24.7 per cent closely followed by North 24 Parganas which reported 23.5%.

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In earlier surveys, the positivity rate rested below five per cent. The survey conducted in June showed the highest positivity rate of just 2%. However, most of the cases were asymptomatic. Health experts in Bengal have observed that not all majority of the asymptomatic patients are testing positive.

Dr Soumik Goswami, faculty, department of endocrinology, NRS Hospital, Kolkata told The New Indian, “Possibly it’s the early days of 4th waves. The positivity rate was less in June, only 2% but it rapidly increased in July. The hospitalisation rate is much less, patients are not requiring supplemental oxygen and symptoms such as body ache, headache and cough are manageable at home.”

“As vaccination rate has improved a lot and also there are people who were previously infected of the virus who have partial or complete immunity which is lessening the severity and that’s the brighter side,” says Dr Goswami.

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