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West Bengal:  Lockdown from May 16 till 30 amid Covid-19 surge

Amid rising coronavirus cases, the West Bengal government on Saturday announced a completed lockdown in state from May 16 till 30.

Amid increasing coronavirus cases in the state, the West Bengal government on Saturday announced a completed lockdown from May 16 till 30.

The lockdown will come into effect from tomorrow morning (Sunday) starting from 6 am.

On Friday, Bengal registered its highest single-day spike of 20,846 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 10,94,802, the health department said in its bulletin.

With 136 more fatalities, the death toll in Bengal has jumped to 12,993, the bulletin said.

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Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, all private, government offices will remain shut and will only operate in a dire emergency situation, said West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay.

Schools, colleges, ferry services, gyms, cinema halls, salons, swimming pools, local trains, metro and inter-state bus/train services will also remain closed, Bandyopadhyay said.

Essential items to be bought between 7 am to 10am

However, markets selling essential items like vegetables, fruits, milk and bread will remain open from 7am to 10am only, he said.

Looking at the ongoing pandemic situation, all political, cultural and religious assemblies will not be allowed in the state government till May 30. Movement of private cars, taxis, auto-rickshaws has also been restricted.

All outdoor activities between 9pm to 5 am, including movement of public, will be prohibited apart from essential services, he added. Banks in West Bengal will be operational in the state from 10 am to 2 pm with limited staff. Only 50 people will be allowed to attend weddings and 20 at funerals, the state government said.


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