Lockdown in containment zones prolonged in West Bengal until August 31

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The West Bengal Government on Tuesday introduced the state-wide full lockdown until August 31.

The full lockdown shall be noticed within the state on August 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31.

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However, the lockdown won’t be noticed this weekend on account of Mulsim competition Eid al-Adha, and on August 15, the day when the nation celebrates Independence Day.

Speaking to media, state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated, “We are extending lockdown in zones until August 31, that was earlier in place until July 31.”

“The full lockdown shall be noticed within the state on August 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31. Government providers will go on as standard. Private organisations may also run their workplaces whereas sustaining Covid norms like carrying masks, gloves, sanitising arms amongst others. We will attempt to break the Covid chain twice per week by imposing an entire lockdown until August 31. However, on August 15, there shall be no full lockdown. Only small ceremonies shall be allowed,” the Chief Minister stated.

“No full lockdown this Saturday and Sunday due to the Eid al-Adha. Request everybody to have a good time the day whereas sustaining Covid norms. However, no meeting or gatherings shall be allowed exterior as we’ve got limitations because of lockdown. From subsequent week, we are going to introduce full lockdown each weekend,” she added.

Meanwhile, the West Bengal Home Department stated that after saying the state-wide full lockdown dates within the state, the govt has been receiving request and enchantment from completely different quarters to not observe state-wide lockdown on sure dates coinciding with festivals and vital group events.

“Respecting the emotions of the people we’re withdrawing full lockdown announcement for August 2 and August 9,” it added.

The West Bengal govt has fashioned eight groups beneath IAS officers to watch rising Covid cases in a number of districts of the state.

[Attribution Business Standard]

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