West Bengal extends weekly lockdown till August 31.
West Bengal extends weekly lockdown till August 31 in the state. The State government announces the extension of biweekly lockdown to curb the spread of Covid19. The state will be under complete lockdown for two days every week. “We are extending the two-day lockdown every week in the state, which was in force till July 31, till August 31,” announces Mamta Banerjee.
The West Bengal government started the biweekly complete lockdown last week. This biweekly lockdown was supposed to end on July 31. However, keeping in view the rising number of Covid19 cases, the state government extends the biweekly lockdown till August 31.
The days of complete lockdown in West Bengal are : July 29, August 2, 5, 8, 9, 16,17, 23, 24 and 31st. Lockdown will also be there in the containment zones till August 31. All the private and government offices will be completely closed on the lockdown days. Commercial establishments private and public transport will also remain closed.
Exemption during Festivals.
Making an exemption for the upcoming festivals, the state government announces that there will be no lockdown in the state on these days. This includes Bakr-Eid which is on August 1 and Raksha Bandhan which is on August 3. According to the state government, all the biweekly lockdowns will take place on Saturday and Sunday. This year Independence Day is also on Saturday, therefore the West Bengal government will enforce lockdown on some other day.
“The implementation of biweekly lockdown will be mostly on Saturdays and Sundays. But since festivals like Eid and also Independence Day are happening on Saturdays, lockdown will be enforced on some other day,” says Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee.
During a press conference, West Bengal CM, Mamta Banerjee informs that schools and colleges will remain closed till August 31. The government will take a decision on reopening educational institutions in September.
Virus in West Bengal.
The novel coronavirus continues to spread in the country rapidly. West Bengal is no exception and is witnessing a rapid surge in Covid19 cases. The Covid19 tally of West Bengal currently stands at 60,830. Majority of the cases are coming from Kolkata, Howrah and North 24 Parganas.
On Monday, West Bengal reported as many as 2,112 new cases. The death toll due to Covid19 in the state currently stands at 1,411. Active Covid19 cases in West Bengal are 19,502.