West Bengal government replaces health secretary days after row over state’s coronavirus data; confirmed cases climb to 2,063

Kumar's transfer to the Environment Department as secretary comes days after a row over the West Bengal's coronavirus data, said official sources

Press Trust of India May 12, 2020 13:38:55 IST
West Bengal government replaces health secretary days after row over state’s coronavirus data; confirmed cases climb to 2,063

Kolkata: The West Bengal government has transferred Health Secretary Vivek Kumar to the Environment Department and named Narayan Swaroop Nigam as his replacement, officials said on Tuesday.

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Kumar's transfer to the Environment Department as secretary comes days after a row over the state's COVID-19 data, said official sources.

Nigam, who was the Transport Secretary, has been appointed as Kumar's replacement, as per a notification dated 11 May.

West Bengal has so far reported 118 deaths due to coronavirus infection. The state has attributed 72 other deaths to comorbidities - cases where COVID-19 was incidental. The state has reported 1,939 COVID-19 cases till Monday and of them, 1,374 are active.

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