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Malda, Apr 19 : West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that her government was taking all necessary action to combat the second wave of Covid.
“There is no need to panic. We currently have 2000 serious patients
among those who are infected, these people have comorbidities,”
the chief minister said to a media conference.
” In this fight, vaccines, oxygen and Remdisivir are needed and there
is a shortage of these. I have already written to the Prime Minister
I have requested him to provide us with these things immediately. We
are trying to buy these from outside but it is not available in the
But still, we are buying 1500 per day because only that much is
available,” she added.
The state government has increased 1000 beds in the last 4 days and “we will increase 3500 beds in the next few days,” she maintained.
All the hospitals in the government sector including ESI, a total of
100 is being prepared for Covid patients.
“We have also spoken to 58 private hospitals to ensure more number of
Covid beds. We will use hotels as hospitals if needed,” she said
The chief minister said the Election Commission has taken many houses for the
election, so there are fewer safe homes.
“We have 11,000 beds with 200 safe homes. The control room is working
daily, 400 ambulances are working. There is a telemedicine system.
1600313442222-This phone number is working 24 hours each day. We have
made 50 per cent attendance in government departments.”
Ms Banrjee said the rest of the workers will work from homes
The school holidays will start from tomorrow till next June. A medical
protocol has been outlined.
“I will not do any big campaigns in Kolkata. We have taken 58
hospitals and built 200 safe homes.
“We have taken super specialty and multi-specialty hospitals for
treatment in the districts where elections have already been held.
We will soon make a decision after thinking about secondary and higher
“We sent a letter to the centre but got no reply yet. My request to you
is not to get panicked about it. Right now we have not taken any
decision about the lockdown.”