The number of coronavirus cases in West Bengal increased to ten after a 66-year-old man in Nayabad had tested positive for COVID-19 infection. The patient was admitted to the Peerless Hospital, reported ANI.

Two people with a history of foreign travel diagnosed with coronavirus on Tuesday. While one had returned from London recently, the other had a history of travelling to Egypt. Both the patients were admitted to Infectious Diseases and Beliaghata General Hospital in north Kolkata.

On Monday, a 57-year-old patient in Kolkata passed away due to COVID-19 infection. It was the first coronavirus-related death in the city.

Most shops and commercial establishment offices remained shut. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown from Tuesday midnight to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday urged all the citizens to obey social distancing norms during the three-week countrywide lockdown.

Essential commodities and services such as markets, medicine shops, grocery shops will remain open, Banerjee assured. "I request all of yoy not go for panic-buying. Don't crown shops. Maintain safe distance," Bengal chief minister added.

West Bengal government also announced several welfare schemes to address the problems faced by daily wage earners during lockdown. The state government decided to provide rice for free over the next six months, benefiting 7.5 crore people of the state. The ration shops will distribute the free items. Daily wage earners will also get 1,000 in April if they apply to state government before the month ends.

Banerjee also requested people to donate in state government emergency relief fund to fight against the deadly virus that killed nearly 20,000 people worldwide. "Those willing to donate can deposit directly to the concerned bank account or contact state Health Secretary Sanjay Bansal on 9051022000 or contact the email account wbsacs@gmail.com," she said.

"I request people from the state now staying abroad to also donate," Banerjee said.


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