Organising Durga Puja this 12 months huge problem, pandals must be saved open to permit air flow: Mamata

Kolkata, September 14

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday mentioned an advisory board arrange by the state authorities has described organising Durga Puja festivities this 12 months as a “big challenge” amid the COVID-19 disaster, and advocated erecting open marquees (pandals) as a precautionary measure to comprise the virus unfold.

Banerjee mentioned the proposals of the ‘Global Advisory Board’ will probably be mentioned intimately throughout a gathering with puja committees on September 25.

“They have given us an excellent suggestion that the pandals shouldn’t be coated in order to permit sufficient air flow. Places aside from the place idols will probably be saved must be left open from the highest.

“We have accepted their proposal and during the meeting with puja committees on September 25, we will hold further discussions,” Banerjee informed reporters on the state secretariat.

She mentioned the board, headed by Nobel laureate Abhijeet Vinayak Banerjee, throughout a digital assembly on Monday, lauded the state authorities for the way in which wherein it has handled the pandemic.

“It has expressed satisfaction on various grounds, including the increase in the number of COVID-19 beds and the rising number of sample tests,” Banerjee mentioned.

The board has additionally suggested towards reopening instructional establishments within the state.

The chief minister claimed that the coronavirus demise fee in West Bengal has diminished to 1.94 per cent and her authorities is making efforts to decrease it much more.

“Out of the total deaths, 86 per cent are because of comorbidities. The death rate in our state has come down to 1.94 per cent (from around 9 per cent). We have to bring it down further and we will do it for sure,” she mentioned.

Banerjee additionally mentioned the positivity fee within the state is 8.21 per cent, whereas it’s 8.53 per cent throughout the nation, whereas the discharge fee is 86.40 per cent towards the nationwide determine of round 77 per cent. PTI


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