Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was seen drawing chalk circles close to a roadside fruit vendor in Kolkata at this time, as a part of her authorities’s efforts to coach folks on the necessity for social distancing through the COVID-19 outbreak within the nation.
In a video shared on-line by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien, the Chief Minister, wearing her trademark white saree and holding a handkerchief to her face, might be seen pacing and drawing circles exterior equally masked fruit sellers as a crowd of individuals watch.
“No phrases…, Derek O’Brien, who has been important of the centre persevering with to carry crowded parliament classes regardless of political leaders’ calling for folks to apply social distancing through the coronavirus pandemic, wrote in his tweet.
No phrases… pic.twitter.com/zqejgnntvk
— Citizen Derek | নাগরিক ডেরেক (@derekobrienmp) March 26, 2020
Bengal has seen 9 instances of COVID-19 an infection and one demise has been linked to the virus, as per knowledge from the Union Health Ministry. Across India over 600 instances have been reported and not less than 13 folks have died; this morning two further deaths have been reported from Kashmir and Maharashtra.
Enforcing social distancing, a measured urged by various politicians, together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Ms Banerjee too, is seen by specialists as a important step in stopping the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
The virus is transmitted by way of droplets from the cough or sneeze of an contaminated particular person.
Ms Banerjee’s efforts at spreading the message of social distancing comes a day after related photos emerged from across the nation, with grocery outlets and milk shops marking empty roads exterior with numbered squares or circles drawn in white paint or chalk.
Each is positioned a couple of ft from the opposite and in images from Puducherry, shared by Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, people might be seen rigorously standing inside marked areas and patiently ready their flip to purchase milk.
Videos have been additionally shared on-line of comparable queues exterior a retailer in Gujarat’s Mundra district, the place folks line up in numbered squares underneath the watchful eye of a police officer.
India is within the second day of a 21 day “complete lockdown” ordered by the Prime Minister to halt the unfold of the COVID-19 virus.
Under the lockdown, and curfew that has been imposed in some states, folks have been prohibited from leaving their properties, besides in an emergency.
Centre and state governments have assured people who important provides – meals, water and medicines – is not going to be affected presently, however confusion over what shops and companies might be allowed to operate has spooked rounds of panic shopping for and hoarding throughout the nation.
On Wednesday Ms Banerjee warned Bengal authorities officers of motion in the event that they tried to cease vegetable distributors and personnel engaged in residence supply of necessities through the lockdown.
The Chief Minister has additionally taken a cue from her Odisha counterpart’s pocket book to ask for assist to migrant Bengali staff stranded in different states; Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier written to different chief ministers with this request and promised assist to these caught in his state.
With enter from PTI