Second coronavirus death in West Bengal

Published : March 30, 2020 20:52 IST

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee makes a mark on the street for physical distancing at a local market. Photo: Government of West Bengal/AFP

West Bengal recorded its second casualty from COVID-19 on March 30, with the death of a 44-year-old lady from Kalimpong town in Darjeeling district. The lady, who had recently returned from South India, was admitted to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. The administration has not been able to confirm whether the latest victim had any recent history of foreign travel or had come in contact with anyone who had recently been abroad.

The first Coronavirus death in the State was of a 57-year-old on March 23. As of the evening of March 30, 22 people have been affected, including the two casualties, and 171 are under hospital isolation. So far a total of 611 have been under hospital isolation.

As of March 29, samples were collected from over 450 people suspected of having contracted CCOVID-19, of which the results of 417 had come negative. With the number of cases rising rapidly, the State government has embarked on a major drive to spread awareness about the coronavirus, the importance of maintaining physical distance, and staying indoors during the period of the three-week lockdown ordered by the Centre. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also roped in Nobel laureates Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee and Esther Duflo to lend their voices in educating the general public about the coronavirus.


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