The primary of Bengal’s twice-weekly 24-hour lock down begins on Thursday, a day after the state logged the best variety of new instances at 2,291 and the best variety of deaths at 39 in a span of 24 hours. From all indications, the lockdown shall be carried out extra rigorously than within the current previous. Every thing shall be shut, besides important providers. Banks, which have already been advised to remain shut on weekends, may even be closed on Thursday.
That’s not all. A number of municipal townships throughout the state – from Siliguri and Cooch Behar within the north to Bongaon and Barrackpore in south Bengal — introduced lockdowns of their very own, most until July 31. At Baranagar, simply north of Kolkata, the place a 21-hour lockdown from 11 am to six am started on Wednesday, the shutdown will proceed until additional discover. Violators shall be liable to prosecution.
Since Wednesday morning, police had been out in public locations asserting the lockdown. Police are anticipated to be out on the streets on Thursday to implement it. Saturday will see the following lockdown, July 29, the third one. Dates for lockdowns in August shall be introduced later.
The twice-weekly lockdown resolution is probably based mostly on a examine by scientists at IISc Bangalore which says one or two day lockdown per week with full compliance together with ample social distancing throughout different days is efficient to cut back the unfold.
5 days in the past, chief secretary Rajiva Sinha had stated lockdowns had been unlikely in future, definitely not full ones. On Monday, dwelling secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay introduced the twice-weekly lockdowns. However the municipality-specific lockdowns sign that the federal government is banking on the shutdowns to halt rising numbers of recent instances of COVID-19 and deaths.
In North 24 Parganas, which has the best variety of Covid instances and deaths after Kolkata, lockdowns have been introduced in Barasat city from July 25 to 31.
Chairperson of the board of municipal administration Sunil Mukherjee confirmed that he himself recovered from COVID-19 earlier than resuming duties. He had urged residents to not unfold panic however observe lockdown norms. Even opposition Left and BJP members agreed to the lockdown.
Baranagar, additionally in North 24 Parganas, is indefinitely lockdown already. Additionally shutting down for 24 hours a day from Thursday until July 31 is Barrackpore, Naihati, Gobordanga, Bongaon and Madhyamgram. An ongoing lockdown in Ashoknagar and Habra municipal areas ends on Sunday and more likely to be prolonged until 31st.
35 wards in Burdwan city, headquarter of the Burdwan East district, is on every week’s lockdown from as we speak. Asansol in West Burdwan is on a 19-hour lockdown until additional discover from 1 pm to eight am.
In North Bengal, an ongoing lockdown that ends on Wednesday is being prolonged for an additional seven days in Siliguri in Darjeeling district and in Jalpaiguri city. In Cooch Behar district, Cooch Behar city and Dinhata are beginning a 7-day, 21-hour lockdown from 10 am to 7 am.