West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended the ongoing lockdown with some relaxation in the state from June 30 to July 31. “The COVID-19 problem is spreading. Let is try and extend the lockdown with restrictions till July 31,” she said.
Yesterday, West Bengal recorded 370 new cases taking the total number of infections to 14,728. The number of active cases is 4,930. Besides, 11 deaths were recorded which brought the total to 580.
The decision was taken to help the non-COVID patients who were facing great difficulty in getting treatment at hospitals. Ms Banerjee said the problem needs to be tackled and private hospitals taken on board.
“Maharashtra and Delhi have done it. We should too,” she said.
“This is not a time to do business. There is a pandemic and hospitals must work in the spirit of service.”
On May 20, Cyclone Amphan damaged several districts of the state. The opposition leaders of the Left claimed a victory after the Chief Minister gave a strong message that corruption and nepotism will not be tolerated in distribution of relief.
A councillor at Mathura 2 was sacked by the TMC for allotting relief funds to family and friends, including people who had two-storey houses unaffected by the cyclone. To monitor Amphan relief related issues, the Chief Minister has set up an all-party committee.