Coronavirus in Kolkata: Task force to check N-95 mask hoarding, foreigners being tracked

A task force has been set up by West Bengal government to check illegal trading of N-95 masks which can be effective for stopping the spread of the contagious Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Task force officials have been conducting raids at several medical and surgical equipment stores in Kolkata to check illegal trading of these masks. Officials of the state health department and the health section of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) held a meeting on Saturday to prepare guidelines to tackle the spread of Coronavirus under KMC areas.

A separate outdoor and intensive care unit (ICU) for Coronavirus was opened in Calcutta Medical College and Hospital on Saturday.

So far, over 1.4 lakh persons have been screened in Bengal for Coronavirus. No positive cases have been reported till now. Over 1,000 people are in home quarantine at present in the state while 115 have already completed their quarantine period.

The state government has issued directives to administrations in hill areas like Darjeeling and Kalimpong among others to keep an eye on tourists.

The district administrations of border districts are working together with Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to keep a round-the-clock watch on situations in those areas. Health officials of Malda, Jalpaiguri, Dakshin Dinajpur and Cooch Behar have been deployed along India-Bangladesh borders to monitor people entering the country.
The entrants are being asked to fill up forms with details of recent travels, planned travel destinations, address, health problems and symptoms if any. The government will thus be able to track them down in case one of them turns out to be a Coronavirus suspect.

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