COVID in Bengal: chief secretary calls on Governor

A discussion was held on the situation in Bengal and steps being taken.

West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay called on Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday to present before him the COVID-19 situation in the state.

During the day, chief minister Mamata Banerjee held a press conference in Malda to brief the media about the situation and the steps that the Bengal government is taking for it. There has been a sudden spike in COVID cases across the country, including West Bengal. A single-day spike of 8,419 new cases were reported on Sunday.

The state is arranging for 4,500 additional beds in 100 hospitals across the state to treat COVID patients. Additionally, 200 safe homes – including some in hotels – are being reactivated again with 11,000 beds from these units. These will be used for patients who are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and have difficulty in living in isolation in their houses. The government is also arranging 400 ambulances for COVID patients. Banerjee said that the Centre had been asked to provide more oxygen and vaccine apart from the essential medicines for COVID treatment. A task force has been formed in the state to handle the COVID crisis.

Schools have also been asked to remain shut till further announcement.

Bandopadhyay is learnt to have informed Dhankhar about the situation and the steps being taken.