BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The fear of community spread of coronavirus is real in at least four districts of West Bengal and chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday in a video conference with police superintendents and district magistrates of these areas expressed grave concern over COVID-19 guideline violations, asking the officials to deploy armed cops if necessary to force people indoors.
Two of these districts happen to be Kolkata and neighbouring Howrah district, which have been classified as ‘red zones’ by the Union Health Ministry. The chief minister even asked the district officials to enforce a complete lockdown in these places to contain the spread of coronavirus. Over the last two days, most of the COVID-19 cases were reported from Kolkata and Howrah.
The CM asked the Howrah police commissioner and the district magistrate to take stringent action against those who do not follow the rules. “Please ensure that more than five do not gather at the market place at the same time. Please ask them to use mask and hand sanitizer before entering the market. I want to see Howrah in green zone within the next 14 days,” Mamata said.
The chief minister was also worried about the state of affairs in North 24-Parganas which also falls in the corona red zone. “Dengue was first detected in this district. I want to see this district in the orange zone in next 14 days,” Mamata told district officials.
Mamata expressed grave concern that despite lockdown measures, corona cases in the state are rising. In last 24 hours, 22 more people tested coronavirus positive and the total number in Bengal climbed to 162.