Suparna Ghosh(Intern Journalist) Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee requested Ministry Of Civil Aviation to immediately stop flights from the top 5 hotspot cities which includes Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh. These states constitute more than half of the COVID-19 cases of the nation.
With cases having a good spike in its numbers, West Bengal Government’s Chief Secretary, Rajiv Sinha said that the infections are mostly found from the travellers coming from these states. In the last 2 days, West Bengal recorded the highest number of cases in a single day, almost around 600+ with Kolkata and North 24 Parganas individually giving its highest. According to a source, out of the 15 deaths recorded on the last day, 11 fatalities were reported from these districts making it to be the epicentre.
As Unlock 2 unfolds, Mamta Banerjee is quite in a hurry to truncate the interstate flight movements, in order to subdue the sharp rising of cases. Till date, West Bengal has a caseload of 19,170 being the 6th in the list of COVID-19 most affected states. Following this uncertainty, Mr Rajiv Sinha in his letter to the Centre ‘has requested the Centre to curtail the number of flights to Kolkata, Bagdogra, and Andal from other worst-affected cities to a frequency of once a week from each airline, starting July 6 to July 31.’ While giving a media brief by Banerjee, she has clearly mentioned about herself urging the Central to reduce the flight frequency so as to curb the spread in the state.
But also, on the other hand, Mamta Banerjee has taken into consideration of resuming the metro services in the city, which is absolutely precarious at this point of time.

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