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West Bengal To Imposed Strict Shutdown in Containment Zones From 9th July

Special Correspondent, Kolkata

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the West Bengal government has declared an extension of strict shut down from July 9  in containment zones and buffer zones across the state. The Government has issued the notice that State and Private offices in containment zones will remain shut. However, essential services will be allowed to open. Earlier Mamata Banerjee has announced the extension of the lockdown till 31st July.

As per updates, new restrictions and measures will be imposed in areas like Bidhannagar, Barasat, Basirhat, Barrackpore, and Bongaon municipal areas that will likely come under the lockdown in this district of North 24 Parganas.  Further, relaxation will be given in Green zone areas and according to the proposal from the district administration, markets, and public transport will be closed but stand-alone shops will remain open.

Things that are not allowed during shutdown:-

·         The functioning of all offices

·         Non-essential activities

·         Congregations

·         Social gathering

·         Transport

·         Marketing

·         Trading

·         Industrial activities

On Monday, Kolkata reported more than 2,500 cases and the development of the death toll due to COVID-19 in West Bengal went up to 779 with a record 22 fatalities in a day. Over 861 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, taking the infection tally in the state to 22,987.  The West Bengal Government lift up the lockdown on 8th June and resume all the services but as per the current scenario, the government is bound to impose shut down to prevent the deadly virus. The vaccine has not been prepaid yet and it is difficult to assume that after lifting up the lockdown, will shutdown work?

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