Kolkata: West Bengal on Tuesday, just two days before the last phase of the assembly elections, logged 16,403 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike recorded in the state so far. With this, Bengal’s total of coronavirus cases reached 7,76,345, a bulletin issued by the state’s health department said today. The death toll climbed to 11,082 with 73 more fatalities, it said.Also Read - West Bengal Schools Asked To Distribute Midday Meal Supplies To Parents During Summer Vacation

In the past 24 hours, 10,664 people recovered from the disease, though the discharge rate continued its downward trend at 85.61 per cent. West Bengal now has 1,00,615 active cases, the bulletin said, adding, 55,287 samples were tested since Monday. Also Read - West Bengal: NHAI To Float Tenders For Rs 25,000 Worth Road Project In FY23. Details Here

Several states have been facing severe shortages of hospital beds, oxygen and medicines. The COVID-19 case surge has also exerted tremendous pressure on the healthcare infrastructure of Bengal. Also Read - 'Nusrat Jahan Missing' Posters Surface in Her Lok Sabha Constituency Basirhat. Here's Why

Bengal – which recently witnessed crowded rallies where people were often found without masks despite the surge – will vote for its eighth and last phase of assembly elections on April 29. Counting will be held on May 2.

(With inputs from PTI)