West Bengal govt announces complete two-week lockdown from 16 May; Details here
The state on Friday registered 20,846 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 10,94,802
A day after West Bengal logged its highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases, the government on Saturday announced a complete lockdown in the state, starting Sunday.
The restrictions will be in place between 16 and 30 May.
COVID in West Bengal:
The decision comes in the backdrop of the state registering 20,846 fresh Covid-19 cases on Friday, taking the tally to 10,94,802.
The toll rose to 12,993 after 136 more people, including five eminent doctors, succumbed to the infection.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier this week said that strict measures have been taken to control the spread of Covid-19 in the state, while also maintaining that a total lockdown, if imposed, will hamper the livelihood of people.
She further urged the central government to facilitate free-of-cost vaccination for all.
The CM further said that her government has sought three crore vaccine doses from the Centre for West Bengal, of which one crore will be distributed among private hospitals.
After the declaration of the state assembly results, the West Bengal government had announced a slew of 'stricter' Covid-19 restrictions, including making face masks mandatory and only 50% attendance in state government offices.
Banks in the state were operational between 10 am and 2 pm only.
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