Kolkata, Apr 24: The Audit Committee, constituted by the West Bengal Government early April, on Friday said 57 people have died so far of whom 39 people expired due to severe comorbid diseases, while the remaining 18 passed away due to Covid-19.
The remaining 39 were suffering from other ailments, but attack by Coronavirus hastened their death, the Committee said. The number of active cases touched 385, while 8933 people have been tested so far. In all 943 people have been tested in the past 24 hours. The Union Health Ministry has written to the State Government on the need for an audit committee and advised co-morbidity should be looked into.
Bengal started the Audit Committee from early April. Request has also been made to private hospitals not to turn away any patient and strict action will be taken against any Government hospital turning away patients. In all 28 RPF personnel came to Bengal after lockdown of whom one went to Odisha and tested positive. Of the rest, 20 were tested out of which 8 tested positive. The rest could not be traced. The Government has spoken to DG-RPF and the latter has promised all co-operation. Questioning the presence of RPF personnel in Kolkata from Delhi with COVID 19, TMC MP Derek O"Brien tweeted, " Getting disturbing news. 9 RPF personnel test + for #Covid19 in Bengal. 6 in Kharagpur, 1 each Mecheda/Uluberia." " They all came to Kolkata from Delhi on 14 April by train. Why were positive patients traveling during #lockdown? WHO SENT THEM ?Screening?How many people did they meet? " he questioned. Meanwhile, sharply reacting to Ms Banerjee's assertion that " She was an "elected Chief Minister of a proud Indian state", while Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar was a "nominated functionary", the latter hit back saying, " Your constant refrain of governor being 'nominated' is lamentable and can be ascribed only to elementary ignorance of the Constitution. " "
We both need to reflect that in this hour of crisis, we work in togetherness for the interest and welfare of the people of the state of West Bengal, more particularly when we are facing a severe Covid-29 challenge, and people in deep distress, " Mr Dhankhar noted in his letter. " I need to indicate firmly that there has been total failure at your end all through as regards compliance of constitutional prescriptions qua the constitutional head.
The enormity of the situation and lapses at your end are that inspite of repeated communications for compliance you have 'black hold' all my communications resulting in virtual negation of Article 166 and 167 of the Constitution, " the Governor shot back. " The State and people cannot be made to suffer at the hands of those who compromise constitutional prescriptions, " Mr Dhankhar asserted.(UNI)