West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced the extension of the coronavirus lockdown in the state till April 30 as the number of cases rise and death toll mounts. In her daily press briefing, Mamata Banerjee said, "We had earlier stated that we will wait for the Centre's decision and won't have a differing opinion. The lockdown will continue till April 30 and further updates will be provided from time to time."
"Six more cases have been reported; There are 95 active patients as on April 11 in the state. We are thinking of allowing bakeries to function but proper protocol should be followed so that no violation takes place. Schools in the state to remain closed till June 10," the CM said.
The CM also said that she has raised objection over 'differential treatment' on the matter of CSR contributions to PM CARES Fund and the state disaster relief fund. "CSR contributions by companies are allowed to PM CARES fund but not to state relief fund. There should be no discrimination," Mamata said.
Mamata Banerjee informed that the state has launched a new smartphone app called 'Sandhani' which will be used for surveillance, tracing and tracking of suspected COVID-19 cases and their contacts. She also said that sanitisation of localities using disinfectants will be done at a ward level. Drones will also be used to monitor streets to ensure social distancing remains intact.
"I urge all to stay home. Markets will remain open from morning 10 to evening 6. Home delivery of essential goods have already been allowed. However, make sure no crowds gather or else strict action will be taken," CM Banerjee further stated.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in West Bengal stands at 126. Five people have so far died of the infection while 16 patients have recovered. Punjab joined Odisha on Friday to extend the lockdown till 30 April. Maharashtra and Karnataka have announced a similar move too. Many states are expected to follow suit.