183 New Covid-19 Cases Detected In West Bengal; Mamata Asks Modi Govt's Intervention Over Migrant Workers

Rohini Chatterji
Member of the cleaning staff disinfect a street in Tehatta, Nadia, West Bengal, India on May 27, 2020. (Photo by Soumyabrata Roy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

West Bengal on Wednesday reported six new Covid-19 deaths and 183 more patients tested positive for the virus in the state. The total number of cases reached 4,192. 

Even as more migrant workers returned to West Bengal from other state, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that she needed help from the Narendra Modi government. 

The BJP meanwhile continued its attack on the TMC government over its response to the pandemic and the devastation caused by cyclone ‘Amphan’.

In other news, domestic flights are now functional from Kolkata airport from Thursday.  

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2,325 active cases

After 183 fresh cases were reported in the state, the number of active cases rose to 2,325. 

While the state bulletin put the death toll at 217, without counting the 72 deaths it had report of Covid-19 patients with co-morbidities, the Union health ministry put it at 289. 

The state has so far tested 1,66,513 samples. 

Influx of migrant workers adds to Covid numbers 

Health officials in the state say that a huge influx of migrant workers coming back home from other states have contributed to the rising number of coronavirus cases to the state. 

PTI reported that among the new patients who tested positive in Bankura, 12 were migrant workers. 

They had returned from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, district health officials said, adding that they are undergoing treatment at a designated hospital in Durgapur. 

The Telegraph quoted state health department sources as saying nearly 100 new patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 were migrant workers. 

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