BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: As we enter lockdown 3.0, the Centre has announced a few relaxations especially for the green zones, but those with big clusters of infection i.e. the red zones are very under strict lockdown measures. And now, 20 Central Public Health Teams from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare have been formed and are being sent to the 20 districts that are reporting the maximum number of COVID-19 cases in the country. And among these districts, Kolkata is one of the places, the team would visit, since the City of Joy, has reported high number of coronavirus cases.
The teams will also visit Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi (South East), Indore, Pune, Jaipur, Thane, Surat, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Delhi (Central), Agra, Kurnool (Andra Pradesh), Vaodara, Guntur (Andra Pradesh), Krishna (Andra Pradesh) and Lucknow.
The teams will support the states in implementation of the containment measures for COVID-19 in the affected areas. The teams will work in tandem with the respective state governments.
It can be recalled here that the Centre had previously sent Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (ICMT) to Bengal to oversee the coronavirus situation here and the way the state is implementing lockdown measures. But a controversy began when the state government refused to accept the logic behind Centre’s sending such teams. Later, the issue went a step further when Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also took a dig at chief minister Mamata Banerjee for not cooperating with ICMT.