Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar right this moment referred to as for an all-party committee to provide you with suggestions for the state authorities and the well being division on how greatest to take care of the coronavirus pandemic. During a dialogue on COVID-19, Mr Kumar mentioned they didn’t anticipate such an enormous well being disaster and requested the meeting Speaker to type the all-party committee.
Mr Kumar’s proposal comes as COVID-19 circumstances proceed to rise within the state and throughout the nation, with India reporting over 18 lakh circumstances right this moment, only a day after the whole circumstances crossed 17 lakh.
Mr Kumar mentioned nobody can inform with certainty what would occur to the Bihar meeting election scheduled later this yr. He mentioned solely the Election Commission can take a name on holding elections.
The Chief Minister was talking within the final session of the Bihar meeting earlier than its time period ends.
While beginning the talk on coronavirus, Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav launched a spirited assault on the Nitish Kumar authorities and alleged he has “carelessly handled” the well being disaster.
Quoting information from the centre, Mr Yadav mentioned Bihar ought to have executed way more to combat the pandemic earlier than the variety of infections began rising. The treasury benches, nonetheless, didn’t interrupt him and the Rashtriya Janata Dal chief, whose father Lalu Yadav is in jail in a corruption case, spoke with out stopping.
“Before fighting coronavirus, do take a look at the condition of Bihar for the last 15 years, the condition of hospitals, public facilities… Let me quote from a report that praises your government. ‘Members were aghast in seeing bodies of Covid patients lying on the hospital floor, patients’ attendants were moving around the ward, shouting for help while doctors were not going near the COVID-19 patients’,” Mr Yadav mentioned as he took a swipe on the state authorities’s dealing with of the disaster.
On why the variety of COVID-19 optimistic individuals is rising, the Chief Minister mentioned it’s got extra to do with the rising variety of testing for coronavirus an infection. “Testing has gone up, so has actual numbers, and it’s our job to ensure we do maximum testing,” Mr Kumar mentioned.
Coronavirus circumstances in Bihar are nearing the 60,000-mark with 2,297 recent circumstances reported within the final 24 hours. Among fatalities, the utmost of 4 was reported from state capital Patna, the place those that died included state CPI secretary Satyanarayan Singh.
Several leaders have introduced they’ve been discovered contaminated with coronavirus. Home Minister Amit Shah and Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa have been admitted to hospital.