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Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee loses brother to COVID


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s younger brother Asim Banerjee died of COVID. The 60-year-old died due to Covid-related complications at a super specialty hospital in Kolkata where he was under treatment.

The last rites will be held in the afternoon as per COVID protocols.

Earlier the West Bengal chief minister who is battling a surge in COVID cases since the assembly elections announced a lockdown for the next 15 days from May 16 onwards. The state recorded its single-day highest spike of 20,846 fresh COVID cases and has a total of 10,94,802. It reported 136 more deaths taking the total fatality to 12,993 due to the disease. The state had on April 30 imposed partial lockdown.

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As per the restrictions, all private offices, schools, colleges will remain closed. Markets selling fruits, vegetables, and milk remain open from 7 am to 10 am. All local transport services including local trains and metro remain closed as part of lockdown.

Following a thumping victory, TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had on May 5 taken oath as the chief minister of West Bengal third time in a row. As of now, she is the only woman chief minister in India.

The ceremony took place at the Throne Room in Raj Bhavan and she was administered the oath of office by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. She was also given a guard of honour by the Kolkata Police.

She began her tenure with a meeting with top bureaucrats to take stock of the aggravating COVID-19 and law and order situation in the state. Since the election results were declared there were multiple incidents of post-poll political violence in the state resulting in deaths and injuries.


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