West Bengal imposes total lockdown across State

  • West Bengal to be under total lockdown for 2 days every week amid a spike in coronavirus cases.
  • State Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said complete lockdown will be in force across West Bengal on Thursday and Saturday this week.

In a bid to tackle the rising spread of coronavirus, the West Bengal government has announced that the state will observe a complete lockdown on two days of the week.

Holding a press conference, state Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said that West Bengal will go under lockdown on Thursday and Saturday this week.

“There will be a two-day complete lockdown every week from this week. In the current week, on Thursday and Saturday, the state government imposes, in addition to running broad based containment zone approach, a complete lockdown all over the state,” Bandyopadhyay announced.

State home secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said that the decision has been taken in view of community transmission in a few areas in West Bengal.

“There are a few places in the state where community transmission of Covid-19 has been detected. After talking to experts, doctors, enforcement authorities, and the police, we have decided to impose complete lockdown for two days every week in the entire state to break the chain (of transmission),” he said.

He said the decision will be reviewed next Monday ie July 27 and the next lockdown will likely be imposed on July 29.

The total number of coronavirus patients in the state stood at 42,487. The deadly virus claimed 1,112 lives in the eastern state.

Last week, Mamata Banerjee-led government extended the restriction on domestic flights from high prevalence places to Kolkata. No flights from six cities in the country will be allowed at the Kolkata Airport till July 31. These cities are Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad. West Bengal government earlier imposed a restriction on domestic flights from July 6 to 19.

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