The state government has decided to extend the contract of 400 Covid warriors till December in anticipation of a surge in the number of Covid-19 patients after the Puja.
The commissioner of health and family welfare department issued an order on Thursday detailing the number of Covid warriors sanctioned for each of the 21 districts and instructed officials of each district to “adhere to the exact number of Covid warriors” while deploying them. Barring Alipurduar, the districts have been allowed to retain the same number of warriors engaged till August, when the state government had decided against renewing the contract of nearly 600 such workers.
“The finance department has cleared a proposal from the health department for extension of the contracts,” said an official of the health department. The Covid warriors would resume their duties from October 1.
Bengal on Thursday logged 95 days on the trot of declining active Covid-19 cases, with 746 new infections, 754 recoveries and 12 deaths.
Active cases in Bengal fell by 20 to 7,704 in all.