Kolkata: April 30, 2021 The daily surge of coronavirus reached a new high in Bengal today, with the state logging 17,403 fresh cases – up from 17,207 over a 24-hour period on Tuesday. The number of fatalities was also the highest, with 89 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate has climbed from 6.79 per cent ten days ago to 7.81 per cent. While Kolkata has always been the epicentre of the disease in Bengal, today’s data from the state health ministry showed that North 24 Parganas has surged ahead with 3,912 cases. In Kolkata, the number was 3,901. North 24 Parganas recorded 21 Covid deaths while the number in Kolkata was 23. The surge came as the last round of election was held in the state.