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Mamata says state health infrastructure fully prepared to tackle COVID-19; Bengal records highest 624 confirmed cases on a single day on Monday; Holiday declared on July 1

Mamata says state health infrastructure fully prepared to tackle COVID-19; Bengal records highest 624 confirmed cases on a single day on Monday; Holiday declared on July 1

Kolkata, Jun 29 (UNI) The West Bengal Government on Monday announced to observe July 1 as a holiday as a mark of respect to the brave fight of medics against Covid and also to observe birth anniversary of Dr B C Roy, while Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the state health infrastructure is fully prepared to tackle the pandemic even as Bengal recorded the highest 624 confirmed Covid-19 cases on a single day today, taking the tally to 17,907, while the toll jacked up to 653 with 14 more deaths.
The count of discharged accounted for 11,719 with 526 recovering today.
While the discharge rate in the state was 65.44 per cent, the count of active cases stood at 5535.
Total number of samples tested accounted for 4,78,419 with 9513 tested on Monday.
Ms Banerjee tweeted, " Our health infra is fully prepared to tackle #COVID19, but we put equal emphasis on effective prevention from the virus too. "
" Social distancing, safe practices & masks are the best ways to fight the pandemic, " she said.
' However, we feel, procuring masks may not be feasible for many, " she added.
" The Government of West Bengal has therefore decided to procure 3 Crore masks, which shall be provided absolutely free of cost to school students, 100-day scheme beneficiaries, frontline healthcare workers, police, fire services staff, municipalities, civic volunteers etc, " the Chief Minister informed.
" As a mark of respect for the exemplary services and show of solidarity in recognition to the brave fight of doctors, nursing and paramedical staff and all other frontline workers against Covid and also to observe birth anniversary of Dr B C Roy, the State Government has decided to observe July 1 as a State Government holiday in all State Government offices, educational institutions, rural and urban bodies, other Grant-in-Aid institutions, Boards and Corporations etc. "
" The world is passing through a grave medical emergency arising due to Covid not experienced ever before by the mankind. Lakhs and lakhs of medical professionals, including doctors, nursing staff, paramedical staff and other front line workers, police personnel and workers of other wings of the State administration are working day and night to combat the disease. These Covid warriors are risking their lives to save they people, " the Chief Minister noted.
Meanwhile, Kolkata Metro Railway today clarified that it
cannot resume services from early next month onwards as
requested by the West Bengal Government under the present Covid-19
situation and asked the state officials to take it up with the Railway Board
in this respect.
“ We want the Metro railway to resume services from July 1 by
following all the precautionary and sanitisation norms and only with a
100 per cent seating occupancy policy, "
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told a media meet at Nabanna
late last week.
Following the request a meeting was today held at Nabanna, chaired by
State Home Secretary Alapan Bandhyopadhay, in which three top Metro
Railway officials
took part where they clarified that under the present Covid-19
situation Metro Railway services cannot be resumed in July.
They also suggested to the State Government officials to have talk
with the Railway Board.
They said as per Railway Board directive the services have been
suspended up to August 12, 2020.
The Metro Kolkata officials cited logistic problems as well
maintenance of social distancing under pandemic situation
as the underground ferries lakh of people daily across this metropolis.
Besides the State Home Secretary, Transport Secretary Pravath Misra,
city Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma and Barrackpore Police
Commissionrate chief Manoj Verma
took part in the meeting on behalf of the State Government, while Kolkata Metro was
represented by General Manager Manoj Joshi and Chief Operating
Manager Satyaki Nath.
Kolkata Metro is the lifeline of the city's mode of transport, the
fastest and the cheapest covering some 27.22 km from the farthest south
to extreme north
across the city's main hub.

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