BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: A day when the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) released an updated list of all the red zones or coronavirus hotspots in the country, West Bengal government called their list an “erroneous assessment”.
Bengal Health Secretary Vivek Kumar pointed out that there are only red zones in the state as against 10 mentioned in the Centre’s list.
In a letter to the Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, Vivek Kumar said, “With regard to the presentation made in the cabinet secretary’s video conference with the states on April 30 at 3pm, as many as 10 districts of West Bengal were shown in the red zone.”
“This is an erroneous assessment. Based on the current parameters of the Government of India for categorisation of areas for Covid-19, the districts in the Red Zone (in West Bengal) are only four: Kolkata, Howrah, North-24 Paraganas and Purba Medinipur,” the letter further read.
As per the Union Health Ministry’s list, the ten coronavirus red zones in West Bengal are Kolkata, Howrah, 24 Paraganas North, 24 Paraganas South, Medinipur West, Medinipur East, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong and Maldah.