West Bengal announces complete lockdown 2 days every week starting July 23
This week there will be complete lockdown in West Bengal on Thursday (July 23) and Saturday (July 25), as well as on July 29, the state administration said.
The West Bengal government on Monday announced that the state will be under complete lockdown for two days every week starting July 23. State Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said this week, complete lockdown will be in force across West Bengal on Thursday and Saturday.
“There will be a two-day complete lockdown every week from this week. In the current week, on Thursday and Saturday, the state government imposes, in addition to running broad-based containment zone approach, a complete lockdown all over the state,” Bandyopadhyay announced.
This decision comes amid rising numbers and already enforced broad-based lockdown in containment zones. The West Bengal Home Department had earlier said that containment zone-based COVID-19 lockdown strategy will be in place till July 23.
According to the state administration, two-day lockdown would be decided ahead and communicated by the government every week. The state secretary also announced that there will be an additional total lockdown on July 29.
This decision was taken to assess the situation amid rising numbers in many pockets of Kolkata and some areas in the suburbs.
The Mamata Banerjee government had earlier enlarged the domain of containment zones by including 'buffer zones' within such areas.
Apart from West Bengal, other states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka etc have gone for doses of complete lockdown strategy.