New Delhi: In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that her state administration will create a Rs 200 crore fund to tackle the infection. As precautionary measure, the state government has also extended the closure of all educational institutions till April 15. “We are creating a Rs 200 crore fund to tackle this crisis,” Banerjee said. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak in India: Centre Declares COVID-19 a 'Notified Disaster'; West Bengal, Goa Govts Announce Closure of Educational Institutes Till March 31
Holding a reviewing meeting, the state government said that the cinema theatres will remain closed till March 31. Earlier, the state government had ordered the educational institutions to remain shut till March 30. Also Read - West Bengal: 4 Children Drown in Pond While Taking Bath After Playing Holi
“Around 3.24 lakh people have been screened in Bengal and we are keeping a close watch on 5,590 of them. Till now there have been no positive cases in the state,” Mamata said. Also Read - West Bengal: 4 Killed as Bike Rams Into Stranded Truck in Howrah
Keeping in view the coronavirus cases, Speaker Biman Banerjee said the budget session of the West Bengal Assembly was cut short and the House will not meet after Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, while addressing the Assembly, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said the state was on a high alert on account of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country.
He also urged the Opposition parties to unite and stand by the government in its fight against the outbreak, which has claimed over 6,000 lives worldwide.
Holding a press conference, the health Ministry stated that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country rose to 114, with Odisha reporting its first COVID-19 patient and a new case each in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Kerala.