Coronavirus: where West Bengal stands

The West Bengal government has taken several measures to handle the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in the state.

To check the spread of infection, the government had stepped up surveillance across borders of Nepal and Bangladesh for several days. Till Wednesday, 56,3808 people have been screened at the border checkpoints and 81,093 travellers from abroad were screened at airports in Kolkata and Bagdogra. Also, 5,341 ship crew members have been screened at three ports till Wednesday.

In addition, 27,107 travellers from abroad were kept under home surveillance till Wednesday. Of them, 1,818 have completed their surveillance period. Currently, 217 persons are placed in isolation facilities of state. Also, 25,072 are under home surveillance in the state. Conditions of those under surveillance or isolation are stable.

Samples from 244 suspects have been tested till Wednesday, of which ten have tested positive for COVID-19. One of the tested persons has died in Bengal on Sunday.

Altogether 1,089 isolation beds have been set up across 86 state-run hospitals. A 24-hour control room has been opened to help people with information and assistance. The control room can be reached at 1800 313 444 222 or (033) 2314 2600.

People have been asked to move into home quarantine for 14 days after returning from abroad even if they don’t show any symptoms of COVID-19. If symptoms appear during quarantine or even two weeks after that, they should immediately contact the helpline numbers.

The government has urged people to strictly follow all the health advisories posted in health department website (


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