It is a matter of concern for the state of West Bengal as it registered its highest single-day spike of 19,216 COVID-19 cases on Friday pushed the total tally to 9,54,282, according to the health department. The total number of fatalities raised to 12,076 according to the health department bulletin.
The number of active cases in the state surge to 1,24,098. Thirty-three deaths were recorded in North 24 Parganas, and 28 in Kolkata. Of the 112 fatalities, 56 were due to the comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental. Kolkata accounted for 3,915 fresh cases, and North 24 Parganas for 3,957 infections.
At least 17,780 people recovered in the state in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 8,18,108. The discharge rate stands at 85.73 per cent.
As many as 1,08,42,269 samples have been tested in the state, including 64,551 since Thursday.
Meanwhile, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Department wrote to all private COVID vaccination facilities, informing them that the state will no longer provide vaccines to them, in view of the Union health ministry's policy that sought to prioritise beneficiaries of second doses. People visiting the centres for second dose might be guided to government-run medical facilities. The government has also given its nod to Peerless Hospital here for trial of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine.