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The drop in fresh cases pointed towards an eventual slide in total cases in a few weeks, said a microbiologist (Representational Image)

KOLKATA: The number of fresh Covid cases in Kolkata dropped below the thousand mark for the first time in 53 days on Thursday. The last time the city had seen a three-figure new case count was on April 10 when there were 997 fresh cases. Over the past month, the number of active cases in the city, though, has spiralled steadily from 1.9 lakh on May 1 to 2.9 lakh on Thursday.
While experts cheered the drop in fresh cases, they felt the volume of active cases will take some time to dip. “In the second wave, we have seen a bigger number of complicated cases and ICU admissions. The recovery time has increased, particularly over the past month. New infections, however, have dropped after the imposition of restrictions from May 16,” said pulmonologist Raja Dhar.
The drop in fresh cases pointed towards an eventual slide in total cases in a few weeks, said a microbiologist. “Just as the number of positives has dropped sharply since the imposition of curbs on May 16, cases, too, will drop. The key is to check transmission, which has been happening effectively over the past fortnight. With the restrictions extended till June 15, both fresh cases and total number will fall,” he said.
Some, however, felt the partial withdrawal of restrictions announced on Thursday was too early. “Even though for a few hours, opening of shops, restaurants and malls — possibly after June 15 — could be a step backwards,” said an internal medicine consultant.

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