West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s brother Ashim Banerjee died of COVID-related complications in Kolkata on Saturday. He was 60.
Ashim was undergoing treatment at a private hospital since contracting the virus. The last rites will be conducted on Saturday as per COVID protocols.
The state on Friday recorded its highest single-day spike of 20,846 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 10,94,802, the health department said in its bulletin. The death toll rose to 12,993 after 136 more people succumbed to the infection.
Bengal currently has 1,31,792 active cases.