Bengal records 9,385 more Covid cases, state allows gyms to operate, holding of 'jatras'


KOLKATA: West Bengal on Monday registered 9,385 new Covid-19 cases, 5,553 less than Sunday’s figure, pushing the tally to 19,07,084, the health department said in a bulletin.

Altogether 33 fresh fatalities took the death toll to 20,121.

Kolkata accounted for seven deaths and 1,879 cases on Monday, while North 24 Parganas district recorded 11 fatalities and 1863 new positive cases.

In the last 24 hours, 11,034 coronavirus patients recovered.

The discharge rate in the state now is 90.63 per cent, the bulletin said.

The number of active cases decreased by 1,682 in a day to 1,58,623.

Since Sunday, 35,515 samples have been tested in West Bengal taking the total number of such clinical examinations to 2,33,62,613, the bulletin said.

The West Bengal government on Monday announced certain relaxations to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, allowing opening of gyms and holding of ‘jatras’ (traditional theatres) on some conditions, according to an order.

Gyms can open at 50 per cent capacity in any given time till 9 PM provided that the staff and users are fully vaccinated or are RTPCR negative.

The government also allowed ‘jatras’ to be held till 9 PM only at 50 per cent capacity in an outdoor venue, the order issued said.

It added that in case a ‘jatra’ is held indoors, a maximum of 200 people or 50 per cent of the capacity, whichever is lower, would be permitted.

The state government allowed outdoor shooting for films, TV programmes with adherence to physical distancing and COVID appropriate protocols, the order stated.

The West Bengal government had on Saturday extended the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions till January 31 but allowed fairs on open grounds in a restricted manner with strict adherence to Covid safety norms.