Updated: April 12, 2020 10:57:54 am
The West Bengal authorities on Saturday introduced the extension of the lockdown till April 30 and closure of all academic institutes till June 10 because the state registered six new COVID-19 circumstances, taking the entire to 122. Apart from West Bengal, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana and Punjab have introduced the extension of the lockdown to include the unfold of coronavirus.
The ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown to include the COVID-19 disaster, introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24, is scheduled to finish on April 14. The Centre is contemplating a request made by most states to lengthen the continued nationwide lockdown by two extra weeks past April 14 after Modi interacted with chief ministers and instructed them that focus needs to be now on well being in addition to prosperity of the nation.
During a press convention, state Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha stated the state authorities will impose a 14-day ‘total lockdown’ in 10 hotspots from the place a number of COVID-19 circumstances have been reported. Though the chief secretary didn’t identify the areas, he stated native markets and all roads in these areas might be fully shut down, and nobody might be allowed to enter or step out of their houses.
The report of full lockdown in some elements of the state led to panic shopping for as individuals in massive numbers queued outdoors retailers to fill up important commodities in Dum Dum, Nagerbazar, Bhawanipore and Alipore. The state authorities can be planning to conduct fast exams in the hotspots.
During the interplay with the prime minister, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded monetary support for the state and Rs 10 lakh crores reduction package deal for the states.
“The prime minister, during the video-conference, said the lockdown will be extended till April 30. We have already said that we will support whatever decision the Centre takes in this regard. The PM also said the next two weeks are going to be very crucial and critical,” she instructed reporters.
The Centre must also convey in a particular package deal for the unorganised and MSME sectors, Banerjee stated.
On the Union Home Ministry’s communication to the state’s DGP and chief secretary, objecting to what it referred to as was a “gradual dilution” of the lockdown in West Bengal, Banerjee retorted the nation isn’t combating any “communal virus” however a illness.
“We are not fighting against any communal virus; we are fighting against a disease a disease that spreads through human contact. Wherever we find any problem, we take steps to ensure that the lockdown is there. But that doesn’t mean that shops would remain closed. We would take steps whenever it is needed. We are keeping a watch,” she stated.
The chief minister stated she has urged the central authorities to guarantee a strict vigil in border areas in order that nobody is in a position to sneak in throughout the lockdown interval.
Banerjee stated that she has knowledgeable the prime minister that a number of Union ministers and a piece of persons are spreading “canards and fake news” about COVID-19 scenario in the state.
Her feedback got here in the backdrop of allegations by Union ministers and BJP leaders that the state authorities was attempting to conceal COVID-19 figures, particularly the variety of deaths.
Asked concerning the steps taken in the COVID-19 hotspots in West Bengal, she stated there are “no hotspots” however “micro-planning areas” the place correct measures are being taken.
“We have recognized some delicate spots whereas drawing a map, which was ready by our COVID-19 process pressure. We will see to it that the lockdown is completely imposed in these areas.
“It does not mean that we will shut down grocery shops, doctors’ chambers or nobody will be allowed to go to market. But gatherings won’t be allowed,” Banerjee stated.
The chief minister, nonetheless, refused to reveal particulars of the “micro-planning areas”. On Tuesday, she had stated that her authorities has recognized seven COVID-19 hotspots in the state and it was taking measures to break the chain of transmission.
The chief minister stated the state authorities has determined to grant rest to some sectors, however all people has to adhere to the norms and rules laid down by the well being division.
“We are thinking of allowing bakeries to function. In tea gardens, we had earlier allowed 15 per cent Workforce. But the owners are keen on 25 per cent workforce, which we are considering,” she stated.
Markets and retailers promoting important companies in West Bengal will now remain open from 10 am to 6 pm in order to keep away from crowding, she stated.
Banerjee stated the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) shouldn’t be relevant just for contributions to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. If CSR doesn’t apply to the CM reduction fund and different state funds, it’s an assault on federal construction, she stated.
Rapid antibody testing will start in West Bengal in 4-5 days and the state authorities has requested for 50,000 such kits from the Centre, she stated.
The state secretariat ‘Nabanna’ would remain closed for the subsequent two days for sanitization. The opposition Congress and CPI (M) supported Banerjee’s resolution to lengthen the lockdown however stated the state authorities ought to take correct steps to guarantee reduction supplies attain individuals.
Senior leaders of the BJP met Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and urged him to be sure that the state authorities supplies “accurate data” on coronavirus circumstances.
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