BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed concerns over incidents of some people objecting to setting up COVID-19 hospitals in their localities.
“We’re not mixing COVID-19 cases with other patients. We’re setting up hospitals in every district exclusively for novel coronavirus. But some people are objecting to our move. Some are even objecting to the cremation of the dead. I urge you not to do this. I remind you that under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, the government is the final authority to decide on such matters,” Banerjee said.
She urged people not to panic, assuring that most patients recover. “Except for those who are suffering from other bronchial or kidney ailments, most of those who test positive for COVID-19 recover,” she said.
Of the total 5,110 people who have been quarantined in government-run centres, 3,218 have been released, the government said. Of the 54,965 people asked to be quarantined at home, 2,936 have been set free, it added.