As per the latest news, West Bengal government has decided to levy a complete lockdown in the state for two days every week amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. This week, the lockdown will be in place on Thursday and Saturday.

The decision has been taken in view of community diffusion in a few areas in West Bengal, state home secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said. On Sunday, the COVID-19 death toll in West Bengal reached 1,112 after 36 people capitulated to the disease, the highest so far in a single day. Kolkata recorded the maximum 15 deaths, followed by neighboring North 24 Parganas nine, Hooghly four, Howrah and South 24 Parganas three each, and Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur one each.

The West Bengal government is also scheduling to set up COVID-19 units at every private and state-run hospital, amid the unyielding surge in the number of coronavirus cases.  A directive to improve infrastructure and accommodate separate units for COVID-19 patients has already been issued to all the state-run hospitals. The government is also planning to procure at least 19 more Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test kits as it wants to ensure that at least 25,000 tests are carried out every day.

All offices, transport services will be shut down on the two days. Well, let’s hope that this mechanism can help to curtail the pandemic to its length.


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Joydev Mishra


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