Kolkata, Oct 4 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said the Covid-19 pandemic in India has reached community transmission stage. “This is now in the community spread (transmission) stage…. So many precautions, such a lot of protection, still not all of it can be stopped,” Ms Banerjee said here yesterday.
Ms Banerjee said, “ You will be surprised to know this. There are two-three of us in my household. The boy who gives me tea when I get home, he too got infected yesterday…. In my office there, another boy who works there…answers phones. He tested positive today. What does it mean? Community spread.
These people do not venture out. Still they are infected,” the chief minister said. Ms Banerjee recalled her party colleagues who died of Covid. “We have already lost three of our MLAs (Egra MLA Samaresh Das, Falta MLA Tamonash Ghosh and Indas MLA Gurupada Mete) to the pathogen. So many of our leaders have died,” she said.
The Chief Minister said her party’s Burdwan East MP Sunil Mondal, who was supposed to join the delegation to Hathras on Friday, went on self-isolation in the morning after his son tested positive.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 toll in Bengal rose to 5,132 with the death of 62 persons on Saturday, while the tally touched 2,66,974 with 3,340 new confirmed cases.
Of the 62 deaths in Bengal, 13 were from Kolkata and 19 from North 24- Parganas. According to the latest State Government Health bulletin, the active cases accounted for 27,130, while the number of discharged cases stood at 2,34,712 with 3,013 recoveries as on Saturday.
The percentage of discharged rose to 87.92 per cent. The bulletin said the total number of samples tested stood at 33,55,726 with 41,128 tested till yesterday.