October 26, 2020

West Bengal Govt Admits Neighborhood Transmission in Some Areas, Attracts Opposition Ire

File photo of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

File picture of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

The announcement got here as Bengal recorded the very best 2,282 infections, pushing the caseload to 44,769. The whole variety of deaths, together with comorbidities, is 1,147.

  • PTI Kolkata
  • Final Up to date: July 20, 2020, 11:46 PM IST

Admitting that neighborhood transmission of COVID-19 was recorded in a couple of areas, the West Bengal authorities on Monday introduced a whole lockdown within the state twice every week in a bid to interrupt the fast-spreading chain of the contagion.

The announcement got here as Bengal recorded the very best 2,282 infections, pushing the caseload to 44,769. The whole variety of deaths, together with comorbidities, is 1,147.

The opposition accused the TMC authorities of failing to handle the state of affairs.

The choice of imposing the lockdown was taken at a high-level assembly, chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. It was determined that the lockdown can be clamped on Thursday and Saturday this week, Residence Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay stated.

“COVID-19 is spreading quick, and there are areas the place neighborhood transmission has been detected. After speaking to specialists, scientists, docs, enforcement authorities, and the police, we determined to impose full lockdown for 2 days each week in the complete state to interrupt the chain,” he stated.

All workplaces and transport companies will probably be closed on these two days, Bandyopadhyay stated.

“This week, the full lockdown will probably be in pressure on Thursday and Saturday. This might be enforced alongside the continued broad-based containment method. Subsequent week, the shutdown will probably be clamped on Wednesday (July 29),” the house secretary stated.

A evaluation assembly will probably be held subsequent Monday for additional discussions on the matter.

In the meantime, the admission of the state authorities that neighborhood transmission was reported from some areas triggered a political storm with opposition events criticising the TMC regime for its failure to handle the COVID disaster.

BJP nationwide secretary Rahul Sinha stated the state authorities should come clear on the record of communities and the areas the place neighborhood transmission has began.

“We very properly know that lockdown was not carried out in West Bengal in the course of the preliminary months. In minority-dominated areas, no restriction was in place. This neighborhood transmission got here as a result of failure of the state authorities to implement lockdown,” Sinha stated.

Chief of the Congress get together in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, stated the state of affairs would have been a lot better had the lockdown been carried out strictly.

“When lockdown was carried out throughout the nation, West Bengal was the one state which didn’t implement it correctly. It was busy hiding figures,” Chowdhury stated.

CPI(M) legislative get together chief Sujan Chakraborty stated the chief minister ought to come out with a reply on the explanations that led to neighborhood transmission.

The TMC termed the allegations as “baseless and reflection of political vindictiveness in direction of TMC”.

“The West Bengal authorities did its finest to manage the state of affairs. If you happen to take a look at the nationwide common, we’re nonetheless much better. The contagion has unfold attributable to whimsical and unplanned lockdown imposed by the Centre. This has solely led to India gaining the quantity three place worldwide,” TMC MP Santanu Sen stated.

The whole variety of broad-based containment zones now stands at 819.

The state authorities has just lately clubbed containment zones and the buffer zones round them to represent a broad-based containment zones.

In the meantime, the West Bengal authorities issued a notification directing that each one financial institution branches within the state will stay closed on all Saturdays.

Presently, the banks stay closed solely on second and fourth Saturdays and all Sundays.

In line with a supply within the financial institution union, over 2,000 staff have been affected by COVID-19 within the state.

The federal government additionally issued an advisory urging banks to supply companies to clients on weekdays between 10 am and a couple of pm.