Bengal News Update : No need to be panic in the face of covid surge, Mamata

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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

regarding this.

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

secondary examinations.

“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.”


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