BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: After West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday refused to share any details about the people from the state who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi and responded angrily with, “Don’t ask such communal questions,” she tweeted about the migrant labourers, whom the state has given shelter on Thursday night.
Mamata tweeted that over 2 lakh migrant labourers and stranded people from 16 states are presently staying in 711 camps across Bengal.
Over 2 Lakh migrant labourers & stranded people from 16 Indian states are being housed in 711 camps across West Bengal. They are being directly taken care of by GoWB along with a few NGOs under its supervision. This arrangement since 1st Apr will continue until the need remains.
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) April 9, 2020
Meanwhile, West Bengal chief secretary Rajiv Sinha held a press conference at Nabanna and cleared the air regarding state govt’s alleged manipulated coronavirus data. He clarified that five people have so far died due to COVID-19 in the state.
In the last 24 hours, 12 fresh cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the state. On Thursday, the state tally was 80. However, since three people tested negative, so the figure on Saturday remains 89. The chief secretary also informed that in two private and five government labs by now, 2,095 people have been tested so far.
In another fresh development, West Bengal based pharmaceuticals company Bengal Chemicals gets government’s nod to produce anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which is also being used to cure pandemic coronavirus.