BH Correspondent, Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Monday announced a slew of measures to fight the spread of coronavirus. The Assembly session was adjourned for an indefinite period, the state Election Commission has been asked not to declare the dates of the upcoming municipal polls for the next 15 days, schools, colleges, and universities have been ordered shut and the private sector has been advised to encourage work from home.
There’s more. Cinema halls have been closed and the apex body that controls the entertainment is meeting tomorrow to decide whether to cancel all shootings of movies and teleserials.
After a meeting of top administrative officials chaired by Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister told reporters that the state government has set aside a sum of Rs 200 crore to deal with the coronavirus outbreak in the country. “We have allocated Rs 200 crore and set up a fund to combat coronavirus. Special life insurance scheme will be there for coronavirus victims,” Mamata Bannerjee said.
The West Bengal government has already set up 78 checkpoints along its borders with Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Sikkim and Odisha where people entering the state by road are being screened.
Meanwhile, many private organisations in Kolkata have asked its employee to stay put at home and work from there. PriceWater Coopers and IBM have asked its employee to start work from home. Others like TCS have given its employees the option of working from home.
In Beliaghata ID hospital, 15 persons have been kept under observation after they displayed flu-like symptoms.