BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The day when Bengal had 274 number of active coronavirus cases, and 15 deaths, politics took centre stage. The day started when the central team, which is in Bengal to investigate COVID-19 lockdown violations, was not allowed to move out of their hotel. However, later the home ministry intervened and the Mamata Banerjee government allowed the centre team to tour Kolkata.
On Tuesday, however, Mamata paid a visit to Topsia, Mathpukur, Tiljala, Rajabazar and Park Circus. She was in her car and urged the citizens to stay at home and maintain social distance. She said that she is aware that the people are facing a lot of problems due to the lockdown, but to fight the disease, all need to stay at home. She also said that if anyone faces any problem, they can get in touch with the nearby police station.
“I am sorry that I cannot go and directly meet you people. If I do that, I would be breaking the lockdown norms. I would request you all to maintain the rules and regulations of lockdown and stay at home. I know you are facing problems due to lockdown. This kind of lockdown hasn’t been witnessed by our country before, but we will have to fight against coronavirus. Also, please use masks when you step outside if at all necessary. You can use homemade masks too,” said Mamata Banerjee.
Meanwhile, West Bengal chief secretary Rajiva Sinha informed that Bengal has recorded 29 new positive cases on Tuesday. The total number stands at 274 and till Tuesday evening, 73 people have recovered. He also said that three more people died in the state due to COVID-19, taking the total death toll to 15. The central health ministry data says, West Bengal has reported 392 cases with 12 deaths. So, the discrepancy in numbers still remains.