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7-Day Lockdown For Now In Bengal, Will Extend If Needed: Mamata Banerjee


Lockdown in Bengal’s containment zones can be proceed for seven days and can be prolonged additional if wanted, Chief Minister Mamata Banejee stated right this moment, after clearing lists redrawn containment zones in state capital Kolkata and its neighbouring Howrah and the north 24 Parganas districts.

The recent lockdown — which begins at 5 pm tomorrow — is the newest step of the state authorities after it curtailed incoming flights and trains over the past weeks in an try to curb the unfold of coronavirus within the state.

Bengal, which locations eighth among the many prime 10 worst-affected states, has near 23,000 COVID-19 instances, 779 sufferers have died.  In view of the spike, the Chief Minister introduced plans for an extra spell of lockdown in containment zones throughout the states, which had been to be redefined and redrawn.

Earlier, Bengal had a purple zone, a buffer zone and a inexperienced zone. Now, the buffer zones are to be merged with the purple zones, the federal government has stated.

The record of containment zones in South 24 Parganas, nevertheless, didn’t get the approval of the Chief Minister, who despatched the officers again to the drafting board to “review and revise”.

Ms Banerjee has additionally requested them to focus additionally on Siliguri city in north Bengal and the Malda district. The Bag Dogra airport is positioned in Siliguri.

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