Coronavirus cases in West Bengal rise to 27, 3 dead and 3 recovered
- The death toll in West Bengal rose to three in West Bengal on Tuesday (March 31), after a deceased woman was found positive for Coronavirus.
- Five more tested positive for Coronavirus, taking the total number of infections to 27 in West Bengal.
- Three patients recovered completely and were sent back to their homes in Beliaghata in West Bengal, IANS reported.
The death toll in West Bengal rose to three in West Bengal on Tuesday (March 31), after a deceased woman was found positive for Coronavirus. This triggered massive protests by nurses of a state-run hospital who alleged that the authorities refused to keep that patient in isolation.
Meanwhile, five more tested positive for Coronavirus, taking the total number of infections to 27 in West Bengal. However, amid the rising number of Coronavirus infections, three patients recovered completely and were sent back to their homes in Beliaghata in West Bengal, IANS reported.
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Double the medical insurance to ₹10 lakh
The West Bengal government said that it will double the medical insurance amount for the healthcare professionals that are engaged in emergency services to contain Coronavirus. The insurance amount has been raised from ₹5 lakh to ₹10 lakh.
"The sum assured for doctors, nurses and health workers engaged in combating the disease is being raised to Rs 10 lakh from Rs 5 lakh. Their family members will also come under the insurance net," said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The move is expected to benefit 10 lakh people including couriers of test samples, cooks and attendants.
Coronavirus awarenesss drive
Nobel laureate couple Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee and Esther Duflo will now aid Coronavirus awarenesss drive in West Bengal, in collaboration with the state government. According to IANS, Banerjee had a telephonic conversation with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee about running a campaign using the Randomised Controlled Trial method.
As many as 208 people, including 14 confirmed cases have been kept in the isolation wards in the hospital. Samples were collected from 330 suspects, of whom 15 tested positive in the state.
BJP to feed 30 lakh poor families
Meanwhile, the BJP said it would feed 30 lakh poor families in West Bengal daily during the lockdown. "During the lockdown, we will provide two meals a day to at least 30 lakh poor families. We will do it in coordination with the administration," Bengal BJP General Secretary Sayantan Basu told IANS.
The Central government has sent 10,000 testing kits to West Bengal, IANS reported.
Meanwhile, the West Bengal government lodged an FIR in Kolkata's cyber crime unit against 'fake news' on social media that a doctor in ID hospital, Beliaghata, has been tested positive for Coronavirus infection.
"The state health department is strongly protesting against the fake news on social media that an ID Hospital doctor has been detected with the infection. The health department has lodged an FIR with the cyber crime branch of Kolkata Police so that legal action can be taken against the rumour mongers," the officials said.
Mamta Banerjee pays surprise visit
Amid the Coronavirus scare, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also paid a surprise visit to markets in Kolkata, questioning officers for shutting shops selling essentials. Accompanied by city Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, Banerjee also marked circles for people to maintain distance while buying stuffs.
In fact, she composed a 45-second song on Coronavirus, alerting people of the pandemic. According to IANS, the Bengali singer and state minister Indranil Sen gave voice to it. "Bhir theke sabbai dure thako/Coronake chute diyo na (stay away from gatherings, all of you/don't let Corona touch you)".
The song promotes social distancing and importance of lockdown.
On March 26, a 66-year-old man was tested positive in Kolkata, taking the total number of Coronavirus cases to 10 in West Bengal. According to IANS, the latest COVID-19 patient was hospitalised on Monday (March 23) with fever, cough and respiratory problems, and kept in the isolation ward.
Meanwhile, a group of Trinamool Congress workers in Malda district have shaved their heads so as to resist the need of going outdoor during lockdown.
"It is our resolve to stat home till we regrow a thick tuft of hair," IANS reported citing Himmat Khan, deputy chief of Baharal gram panchayat.
Recently, a Trinamool Congress councillor was arrested for trying to stop Police officials from closing shop, despite the lockdown. The Modi government announced a complete nationwide lockdownfor 21 days.
Nearly 255 people were arrested in Kolkata for defying the lockdown, IANS reported. These include pedestrians and other travvellers who remained outdoors, despite the lockdown orders.
On Monday (March 23), West Bengal reported its first Coronavirus death — taking the total death toll in the country to nine. According to IANS, the 57-year old man, who was tested positive for Coronavirus, had visited Italy with his family recently. He was hospitalised with fever, cold and cough last week.
Like many other states, West Bengal also went into a virtual lockdown as most people stayed indoors during the ‘Janta curfew’ yesterday. However, the government decided to operate public transport and asked government school teachers to come for the mid-day meal (MDM) programme.
Chief minister of the state, Mamta Banerjee also cracked down on restaurants, pubs, massage parlours, amusement parks and more to prevent the spread of the disease. "In order to further check non-essential social gathering which leads to spread of the virus from infected person to healthy person it is ordered to shut all restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, night clubs, hookah bars, massage parlours, amusement parks, museums, zoos with immediate effect from 6 a.m. on March 22, 2020,” she said.
Meanwhile, the ongoing state higher secondary exams have also been deferred till April 15. Over 9 lakh candidates have been appearing for the state board exams.
The state government has also suspended inter-state bus services until March 31, to tackle the situation.
The total number of infected patients in India stands at 415, as on March 23 — after 24 people were cured and seven were declared dead. Given that, 22 states have announced lockdown so far across 80 districts. These measures are valid till March 31.
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