With 163 fresh cases on Monday, the COVID-19 tally stood at 2,737 in Bihar, where the number of infections has seen a rapid rise in the recent past mainly on account of the influx of migrant workers, the health department said. The department put the number of migrants testing positive since May 3 at 1,754, which is close to 80 per cent of the total number of cases reported during the period. Special trains carrying them from far and wide began reaching the state on May 2.
The majority of the infected migrants are returnees from Delhi (411), Maharashtra (403), Gujarat (276), Haryana (146), Rajasthan (95), Uttar Pradesh (89), Telangana (81) and West Bengal (76), according to a break-up provided by the department.
Among the 163 cases reported during the day, Patna district accounted for 11, which caused its tally to reach 211. Two of these were reported from Lodipur and Samanpura localities of the state capital, while the remaining were from rural areas of the district, the worst-hit in Bihar.
Significant numbers of cases were reported from districts like Begusarai, Katihar, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Katihar and Saharsa.
Bihar had reported 180 new cases of COVID-19 from 15 districts on Sunday.
Cases have been reported from all 38 districts of the state and nine of these — Patna, Rohtas, Begusarai, Munger, Madhubani, Katihar, Khagaria, Buxar and Jehanabad — have tallies in three-digits. Only Sheohar has reported less than 10 cases.
Death toll in the state is 13, with Patna, Vaishali and Khagaria accounting for two fatalities each and one death reported from Munger, Rohtas, Begusarai, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Siwan and Saran districts each.
Altogether, 729 people have been discharged from hospitals upon full recovery from the coronavirus infection.
The number of samples tested so far is 66,148.
(With PTI inputs)
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