BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The West Bengal government has decided to conduct aggressive testing in the fight against coronavirus. According to an order of the health department on Thursday tests would have to be conducted for all symptomatic and asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of the confirmed coronavirus cases. That’s not all. Even tests will have to be conducted in the clusters and quarantined centres as deemed fit by the local administration.
On Thursday, the state coronavirus positive cases reached 144. West Bengal chief secretary Rajiva Sinha informed that three more people have died due to coronavirus in the state, taking the death toll to 10. He also added that 24 new positive cases have been reported in last 24 hours.
“So far, 51 people have been cured. The total number of active coronavirus cases in Bengal stand at 144,” Sinha said.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee also announced that the sweet shops in the state will now be opened from 8 am to 4 pm. During a press conference at Nabanna, the CM said, “Earlier it was announced that sweet shops will remain open for four hours i.e. from 12 pm to 4 pm. We have decided to increase the time to 8 hours a day.” Earlier amid lockdown, the sweet shops used to be opened from 12 pm – 4 pm.
On Thursday evening, the Union Health Ministry also updated the Bengal’s coronavirus status. However, a difference between state and central government data remained. According to health ministry website, 231 confirmed coronavirus cases are reported in Bengal, 42 people have been discharged and 7 people have died.