West Bengal replaces health secretary amid row over COVID-19 data

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

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.

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 May 11.

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 number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 2,063 in West Bengal with 190 fatalities, according to Health Ministry tally.

 


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