BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee without naming anyone came down heavily on the BJP IT cell chief Amit Malviya, who had accused her of shuffling coronavirus case numbers in the state. Mamata warned the political parties not to engage in spreading fake news related to COVID-19 and create panic in the society. During a press conference at Nabanna, she also said when the country is battling a pandemic, it is not the time to for petty politics.
“A particular party’s IT cell is giving fake death toll numbers related to corona in Bengal to tarnish the image of the health department. Our doctors and nurses are doing a commendable job as a result of which the death toll here is so less. I know about a lot of lacunas regarding the central government. But this is not the time to involve in petty politics. We should fight together for the betterment of the society at least in these times of crisis,” Mamata was quoted as saying by news agency PTI as saying.
Meanwhile, BJP’s IT cell head Amit Malvia tweeted, “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is playing with lives of people in Bengal. We must come together to fight the virus… not fudge figures! #IndiaFightsCorona.”
Malvia also tweeted, “No medical bulletin from the Bengal government on 2nd, 3rd and 5th Apr. Curiously number of Covid related deaths missing in the bulletin released on 4th…” He further tweeted, “Hospital administrations across Bengal are under pressure from Mamata Banerjee, who is also the Health Minister, to underplay Covid related cases by discouraging tests and thwarting doctors from writing Corona as a reason for deaths, despite +ive reports, in Death Certificates….”
It was just two days back that the chief secretary ob Bengal told reporters in Nabanna that the death toll is just three where as the doctors at the press conference held by the ministry said that the toll is seven. The chief secretary later said that the other four people who died had several other health issues which caused their death. Later, a team was constituted by the Bengal health department to find out if the four had really died of COVID 19.
On Monday, the state informed that the positive active cases stand at 61 and 55 cases among them belong to seven families. However, according to the website of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, West Bengal has 80 confirmed cases as on Monday.
With inputs from agencies