Bengal had reported 61 Covid deaths a day earlier, on September 20, as well as on September 16 and August 5. Experts pointed out that though the jump in fatalities was not dramatic, there was urgent need to curb the transmission rate.
Of the 62 deaths, Kolkata reported 19, while North 24-Parganas and Howrah recorded seven deaths each. According to the state health department data, Kolkata has reported 1,600 deaths till date, recording 36% of Bengal’s toll of 4,421. At 3.1%, Kolkata’s CFR remained a cause for concern, said experts. “This is a matter of concern as the number of positive cases and that of deaths are yet to slide.
Though the jump is not dramatic, it shows transmission has remained unchecked. Till we can arrest transmission and pull down the number of affected people, deaths will continue to rise. So far, the rate of transmission has shown an occasional drop but it has been far from a consistent plunge. This indicates the virus remains active and spread continues to be rapid. We need to check the transmission rate and pull it down,” said RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences consultant Arindam Biswas. “While there has been a proliferation in the number of mild cases, the number of serious cases is yet to plunge appreciably. This is evident from the packed ICUs in hospitals. We have a large number of co-morbid patients. Unless this number comes down, deaths will happen,” said Belle Vue Clinic consultant Rahul Jain.
An analysis by the health department on Covid fatalities in Bengal indicated that 85.5% of the deceased had comorbidities, the major ones being hypertension, diabetes, cardiac ailments and kidney problems.
In an age-wise analysis, it shows people above 75 were the worst affected in Bengal, registering 13.4% of all the Covid deaths. The next most-impacted agegroup was 61-75 years, reporting 6.2% deaths.