West Bengal: Amid surge in COVID-19 circumstances, complete lockdown imposed in all containment zones

Kolkata, July 9

Amid a pointy rise within the variety of COVID-19 circumstances and fatalities, the West Bengal Government imposed a seven-day lockdown in all containment zones from Thursday night to curb the unfold of the viral an infection.

The state authorities has listed 25 containment zones in Kolkata, 93 in North 24 Parganas, 54 in South 24 Parganas and 56 in Howrah—the highest 4 hotspot districts.

The containment zones and buffer zones round them have been clubbed collectively to represent ‘broad-based’ containment zones, the place complete lockdown was imposed from 5 pm, officers mentioned.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Wednesday mentioned the lockdown will likely be in place for per week, after which the state of affairs will likely be reviewed. She had additionally directed the police to firmly cope with these violating the norms.

Police personnel have been seen patrolling the streets within the containment zones and asking pedestrians to return residence and shopkeepers to down shutters.

Barricades have been put up exterior such zones to cease vehicular motion.

Ahead of the lockdown, individuals resorted to panic-buying in a number of areas disregarding social distancing norms, the officers mentioned, including that lengthy queues have been witnessed exterior grocery shops and LPG shops.

Police resorted to utilizing gentle power in some locations to make sure that security protocols have been adhered to, in addition to asking individuals via public deal with programs to stay indoors.

The state authorities has mentioned that it’s going to make preparations for residence supply of important commodities in the course of the lockdown.

West Bengal had on Wednesday registered the very best single-day spike of 986 COVID-19 circumstances, taking the state’s coronavirus tally to 24,823. The demise toll rose to 827 with 23 new fatalities. PTI

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