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Covid: Bengal releases fresh list of containment zones for 'stricter lockdown' from tomorrow

Covid: Bengal releases fresh list of containment zones for 'stricter lockdown' from tomorrow

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 08 Jul 2020, 12:43 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: The West Bengal government on Wednesday released a fresh list of containment zones where "stricter lockdown" will be followed from Thursday to flatten the curve of Covid-19 in the state.

The "stricter lockdown" as said by the government will begin at 5 pm on Thursday and will continue for seven days.

As per the new list, Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, has 25 containment zones.

Addressing a press conference at state headquarters Nabanna here, Mamata requested all people to wear masks.

"I am once again requesting all to wear masks. Will it be nice if I impose a penalty of Rs. 2000 on poor people for not wearing masks? I am asking police to send people back to their homes immediately if they are seen without masks" the CM said.

Though the state government has imposed the "stricter lockdown" amid the spike in Covid-19, all containment zones across the country were under lockdown since the beginning of Unlock 1 on Jun 1.

Meanwhile, CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty took a dig at the Mamata government over the enforcement of "stricter lockdown".

"Containment zone is a place where lockdown is supposed to be already imposed. Should we believe there was no restrictions at all in #WB in the containment zones? Otherwise what necessitated the imposition of lockdown in containment zones newly," Chakraborty tweeted. (sic)

As per the requests of Mamata, the central government will run one train from Covid hotspots per week from Jul 10. 

The Civil Aviation Ministry has also suspended all flights from five worst Covid-affected cities till Jul 19 as per the requests of the state government.

(Image Credit: IBNS File)