West Bengal Government 'Moving At Faster Speed Than COVID-19': Official

Kolkata continues to be the worst hit, the variety of new circumstances surging to 648 (Representational)


Stating that the West Bengal authorities “is transferring at a sooner velocity than COVID”, the state chief secretary Rajiva Sinha at present stated, “In a state of 10 crore individuals, we now have 660 who’re severely in poor health. Now inform me, by any commonplace, is it a really large quantity? This isn’t a really severe subject. We’re very, very able to dealing with this. There isn’t a approach we will be unable to deal with this case.”

His feedback got here simply hours earlier than the state’s launched the day by day bulletin that put the variety of new circumstances at a file excessive of 2198, pushing the variety of energetic circumstances to 15,594 and whole circumstances to 40,209. Within the final 24 hours, 27 individuals have died, taking the full variety of deaths to 1076 within the state.

Kolkata continues to be the worst hit, the variety of new circumstances surging to 648, 85 extra circumstances than yesterday 563 alongside. Variety of deaths within the metropolis too are spiralling.

A matter of concern, the dipping discharge price of 58.54 and a positivity price that inched as much as 5.83 at present.

“The extra we check, the extra circumstances will come. Which will trigger panic. That is why, take a look at figures in barely extra element,” Mr Sinha stated earlier, including, “We’ve got 14,709 energetic circumstances. 72 per cent circumstances are asymptomatic. That is greater than 10,000 circumstances. These with delicate signs are 15 per cent. Or 2,200. Reasonable is 8.5 % or 1250. Critical is 4.5 per cent or 660 case….the federal government is in management and there’s no must panic.”

However the chief secretary’s feedback additionally got here a day after the Ministry of Well being of Household Welfare in Delhi wrote to the Bengal well being secretary expressing concern about rising circumstances, growing development in positivity and the variety of individuals dying on daily basis within the state.

“West Bengal is reporting virtually 1600 circumstances day by day and 93 % of the full energetic circumstances had been reported within the final Four days,” Mr Lav Agarwal, joint secretary MoHFW, stated in his letter to Mr NS Nigam, Bengal’s well being secretary.

“Over all testing stays very low vis a vis the nationwide common. An growing development in case positivity price within the final three weeks can also be a reason behind concern,” he added. Some phrases had been in daring.

He referred to as for renewed effort to suppress transmission and hold case fatality price beneath 1 per cent.

Amongst prompt steps:

  • hint a minimum of 80% shut contacts of recent circumstances and quarantine inside 72 hours of case affirmation
  • conduct hospital smart fatality evaluation and video convention on applicable scientific administration
  • conduct speedy audit of hospitals, create hospital grid and dashboards to watch real-time standing of mattress utilisation
  • Obtain minimal of 140 exams per million per day
  • Take a look at asymptomatic and delicate symptomatic circumstances

The chief secretary stated there was no scarcity of beds within the state however 15,000 extra beds can be added to current ones by 31 august. Amenities there can be enhanced with devoted oxygen cylinders, devoted medical doctors, 24×7 ambulance service and hyperlinks with a COVID hospital.


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