Whole lockdown in West Bengal, migrants rush residence


Today News Online Service

Kolkata, May 15

West Bengal will go under a complete lockdown from Sunday till May 30. The state government has announced stringent measures, including a ban on any kind of gathering, to curb the spread of Covid.

This comes a day after the state registered its highest single-day spike of 20,846. The announcement triggered panic among the migrants, who scrambled to reach their native places in buses and other modes of transport.

All offices and educational institutions will remain shut. While industries will be closed, tea gardens will function with 50 per cent staff strength. Intra-state and city transport services, including Kolkata Metro, will also remain suspended.

Mamata’s brother dies of Covid

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s brother Ashim Banerjee (62), who was undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at a Kolkata hospital, died on Saturday. Popular as ‘Kalida’ among locals of Kalighat, he breathed his last at 9.20 am, said family sources. He had tested positive for Covid a month ago, an official said. PTI



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