BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that community transmission of COVID-19 has started in the state. Speaking to media after a cabinet meeting, the CM said that there are instances of coronavirus is becoming airborne and community spread have been reported in Bengal.
“There are instances of community transmission of Covid-19 and also the contagion becoming airborne,” Mamata said.
Meanwhile, she said that other states like Uttar Pradesh did not allow Durga Puja and in Delhi, the puja is being held only in CR Park. However, she said that in Bengal, puja is allowed but urged everyone to wear masks. She even asked the Durga Puja Committees not to allow people in the pandal if they don’t wear masks. “I request Durga Puja Committees to not allow people without masks in pandals,” she said said. She also advised people to wear thick masks when they visit Durga Puja pandals in the state.
The chief minister also urged all to follow strict COVID-19 guidelines while venturing out during puja. She said she cannot ask people not to go out but the CM requested everyone not to step out in huge number during shopping. “I cannot ask people to not to go out but I request you all to not to go out shopping…many go out during this time for puja celebrations,” she said.
Last month, the West Bengal government had issued a notification asking Durga Puja committees to follow Covid-19 safety protocols and set up open pandals where visitors cannot enter without masks.
Mamata was present at Chetla Agrani club to sketch the eyes of Goddess Durga as part of her yearly religious ritual. Every year, Mamata draws the eyes of Goddess Durga on the auspicious day of Mahayala, but this year, Mahalaya was celebrated a month ago. The CM also said that she will
inaugurate the pujas virtually from the state secretariat Nabanna.
On Sunday, West Bengal recorded its highest single-day spike of 3,612 Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s total tally to 2,94,806. The Covid-19 death toll in the state has reached 5,622. Till Monday, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state stood at 2,98,389 with 5,682 deaths. On Monday, 3,583 fresh cases were registered.