New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that during video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she called on him to suspend international flights to India with immediate effect, instead of March 22, as announced on Thursday. Also Read - 'Need to Train Local Officials': PM Modi Discusses Ways to Contain Coronavirus With CMs
Earlier today, the Prime Minister had chaired a video conference with all Chief Ministers to review the country’s efforts to contain the growing coronavirus pandemic threat. The West Bengal Chief Minister, who attended the meeting along with several of her counterparts, was speaking to media after the video conference.
“Why should international flights be shut from 22nd March? This needs to be done immediately, we said this at the conference,” speaking to reporters, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief said.
The Centre had on Thursday banned all international flights to India for a week, beginning March 22. Indian nationals returning/evacuated from abroad, foreign nationals, or those who have come into contact with those from the former two categories, have, thus far, comprised all of India’s positive coronavirus cases, including four deaths, thus far.
At the video conference, Mamata is also reported to have urged the Prime Minister to come up with a plan to help the unorganised sector which is likely to suffer massive economic losses as a result of drop in economic activities due to the ongoing containment efforts.
West Bengal has thus far reported two confirmed cases of COVID-19.