04 - 07 - 2020

West Bengal calls Centre's coronavirus COVID-19 red zone data 'erroneous'

Kolkata, May2,2020: The Mamata Banerjee government on Friday wrote a letter to the Centre stating that its assessment of 10 coronavirus COVID-19 red zones in West Bengal is 'erroneous'.

According to Zee Media sources, the letter has been written by West Bengal Principal Secretary (Health) Vivek Kumar to Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan in which he stated that the Health Ministry's assessment of 10 red zones in the state is flawed.

In his letter, Kumar maintained that there are only four red zones: Kolkata, Howrah, North-24 Paraganas and Purba Medinipur.

With regard to the presentation made in the Cabinet Secretary`s video conference with the states on April 30, 2020, at 3 PM, as many of ten districts of West Bengal were shown in the Red Zone. This is an erroneous assessment," the letter said. 

"Based on the current parameters of Government of India for categorization of areas for COVID-19, the districts in the Red Zone are only four: Kolkata, Howrah, North-24 Paraganas and Purba Medinipur," it said.