Only 3 Dead In West Bengal, Says Mamata; 54 Tablighi Jamaat Attendees Quarantined

Rohini Chatterji
Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee in a file photo. 

Confusion prevailed on the death toll from the novel coronavirus in West Bengal with Mamata Banerjee claiming only three people had been confirmed to have died of the coronavirus. However, a state health department official told PTI the death toll was now at 7.

Banerjee dismissed these numbers saying there was no confirmation that the others had died of COVID-19. 

PTI said the seventh person to die was an elderly man who was tested positive for COVID-19 and was in a private hospital. However, there was no official confirmation of whether he died due to coronavirus or any other ailments.

Banerjee also wrote to the Prime Minister asking for Rs 25,000 crore for the state. 

She told the PM that the finances of the state were in a dire situation. 

“Therefore, I earnestly urge you to sanction a grant of a minimum of Rs 25,000 crore for the state of West Bengal and release the funds still due to us from GoI (government of India), as per my earlier letter to you,” a report in The Telegraphquoted her letter as saying. 

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Only three deaths, says Mamata Banerjee

Reports suggested that apart from the three people who died over Tuesday and Wednesday, there have been four other coronavirus deaths in the state. 

The Union health ministry’s last update on Wednesday also put the number of dead in the state at 3. 

However, Banerjee in a press conference claimed not all these death were from coronavirus. 

“So far, there are 37 cases in Bengal, including three persons who died due to COVID-19. Some media houses are sensationalising the issue saying six have died. It is their...

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