Bengal replaces health secretary amid COVID-19 data row #coronavirusnewstolive - May 12, 2020 19 0 COMMENTS
Kolkata: The West Bengal authorities has come beneath extreme criticism for allegedly fudging data to be able to underplay the severity of the coronavirus pandemic within the state.
The state authorities led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee has additionally clashed with the central authorities over the report of central medical groups concerning the COVID-19 state of affairs in West Bengal.
On Tuesday, the West Bengal authorities transferred Health Secretary Vivek Kumar to the Environment Department and named Narayan Swaroop Nigam as his alternative, officers stated.
Kumar’s switch to the Environment Department as secretary comes days after a row over the state’s COVID-19 data, stated official sources.
Nigam, who was the Transport Secretary, has been appointed as Kumar’s alternative, as per a notification dated May 11.
West Bengal has to this point reported 118 deaths as a result of coronavirus an infection.
The state has attributed 72 different deaths to comorbidities — circumstances the place COVID-19 was incidental.
The state has reported 1,939 COVID-19 circumstances until Monday and of them, 1,374 are energetic.