West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee Extends Lockdown till July 31
By: Sashwata Saha
The West Bengal Chief Minister attended an all-party meeting held at an auditorium near the State Secretariat on Wednesday (June 24). On her way out, Mamata informed reporters waiting outside that despite differences in opinion among the leaders, they had all managed to come to a consensus. She announced that the lockdown would be extended till July 31, with a few relaxations.
The all-party meet, which went on for almost four hours, was attended by the BJP State President Dilip Ghosh, Communist Party of India (Marxist) State Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra, Congress Rajya Sabha member Pradip Bhattacharya and Speaker of the Assembly Biman Banerjee.
Mamata instructed that while schools and colleges are to remain closed during the period, government offices would keep on functioning as they are, with a reduced workforce. She also added that more lives could have been saved if the private hospitals around the state had been more careful in their treatment of coronavirus affected patients with comorbid conditions. The need for building additional testing facilities across the state was also discussed.
“Private hospitals focused on COVID-19 treatments and neglected the comorbid condition like cardiac problems and kidney problems in the COVID-19 patients. As a result, some people died. I am sorry to say. The government is sending instructions to the hospitals in this regard,” Mamata said to the press, last night.
So far, 591 people have lost their lives in West Bengal due to the novel coronavirus. Out of them, 437 or nearly 74% showed comorbid symptoms such as diabetes, cardiac disease, hypertension and kidney ailments, among others.
The Chief Minister further announced setting up a committee to give suggestions on combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Dilip Ghosh and Surya Kanta Mishra will be among its members.
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