Reports of positive cases also came from the middle-class neighbourhoods of Pallishree, Regent Park, Shantigarh Colony, Haridevpur, Parnasree Pally, Sarsuna and Sakherbazar.
According to the state health department, Bengal on Friday crossed the 10,000-case mark with 476 new cases, 111 of them in Kolkata. The Bengal Covid figures on Friday is the sharpest single-day spike. The spike in Kolkata has been rapid. On June 2, the city had reported 2,295 cases. On June 12, this figure stood at 3,356.
The health department report indicated 216 people were discharged from hospitals on Friday. Bengal also reported nine Covid deaths on Friday, taking the total death figure to 451. Four of these deaths were in Kolkata. The state data sheet indicated 67.8% positive patients who died had co-morbidities and 19. 6% of them were over 75-year-old.
In south Kolkata, Haridevpur has reported six cases. “Three of them are admitted at a cancer hospital. The other three were staying close to the hospital in a rented accommodation,” said a police officer.
This spike has prompted people to take guard. Sayantani Gupta, who works at a financial firm in Sector V and used to travel by office bus to work from Behala’s Santosh Roy Road, has applied to her office to extend her WFH. Her neighbour, who stays two blocks away, has been diagnosed with Covid. “I had attended office for two days. I spoke to my senior to extend my WFH. He thankfully agreed,” said Gupta. Arunava Roy, who stays at Shaktigarh in Jadavpur, has stopped using buses and is now travelling to his Rajarhat office in his bike.
Senior citizens Chhanda and Piyush Roy have not stepped out once from their ninth-floor flat after Panchanantala slum near Dhakuria was declared a containment unit again recently. “We are not even going to the ATM. We are getting grocery delivered at home along with medicine. Our maid servant is staying with us0,” said Roy.
In one instance, an ambulance which came to pick up a Covid positive cancer patient in Thakurpukur, arrived 20 hours late. “We had contacted both KMC and the health department. But there were five similar cases to handle at Haridevpur itself on Wednesday evening and the process got delayed,” said an officer from Haridevpur police. “We are investigating it. Appropriate action will be taken,” said DCP (Behala) Nilanjan Biswas.