KUNAL CHATTERJEE, Kolkata: Over a thousand people in West Bengal have been put under coronavirus surveillance across the state. Out of the 1075 being closely monitored, most are travellers from COVID-19 affected countries who have been scanned at the airport. Nearly 30 have been sent to hospitals, while the rest have been asked to stay at home.
Meanwhile, given the fact that new cases are being reported everyday in the country, the state government has stepped up preparedness and has set up isolation wards at most government hospitals, including the ones in Kolkata.
Kolkata airport is now a beehive of activity with staffers moving around in protective masks. Scanning stations have been set up where every traveller arriving in the city is being tested by doctors and disease specialists. All security personnel have been asked to take precautions.
The passengers arriving at the airport are naturally a worried lot. Most are wearing masks, talking only if it is necessary. All of them are being put through thermal scanning for coronavirus symptoms. “Each and every passenger landing here is being examined. If a passenger is found to be displaying symptoms, he or she is being taken to the Beliaghata ID Hospital. An isolations ward has also been set up at the airport,” said an airport official.
Rumour mills have been doing brisk business. The prices of foodstuff like chicken, eggs and fruit has crashed in the Kolkata market. But Dr Arindam Biswas has this to say: “There is no need to panic. Chicken, eggs and fruits have nothing to do with coronavirus. People have to be alert and wash their hands often. The virus is not airborne. People should not touch their eyes and mouth often as the virus easily spreads by touching.”