West Bengal reported its highest single-day Covid-19 fatality of 48 on Saturday, even as the daily rise in cases crossed the 2,500-mark for the first time, as per a bulletin issued by the state Health Department.
The state detected 2,589 fresh cases, taking the tally to 72,777, it said.
The toll rose to 1,629 with the new deaths, it added.
Of the fresh fatalities, the city accounted for the highest 19 deaths followed by 13 in North 24 Parganas, six in Howrah, two each in South 24 Parganas, Purba Medinipur and Uttar Dinajpur, and one each in Hooghly, Nadia, Murshidabad and Jalpaiguri districts.
Out of the 48 deceased, 45 died due to comorbidities where Covid-19 was incidental.
There are 20,631 active cases in the state at present.
The bulletin said 714 fresh infections were recorded in Kolkata, 608 in 24 Parganas, 262 in Howrah, 156 in South 24 Parganas, 112 in Malda and 105 in Purba Bardhaman districts. The remaining 632 infections were reported from 17 other districts of the state.
On a positive note, the discharge rate improved to 69.41 per cent as 2,143 people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.
So far, 50,517 people have recovered from Covid-19 in West Bengal.
Since Friday, 20,065 samples have been tested in the state, the bulletin said.