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Updated on: Sunday, January 02, 2022, 09:27 PM IST

West Bengal govt announces strict curbs as COVID-19 cases surge; from schools to parlours - What's open, what's closed

West Bengal govt announces strict curbs as COVID-19 cases surge; from schools to parlours - What's open, what's closed  | (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)

West Bengal govt announces strict curbs as COVID-19 cases surge; from schools to parlours - What's open, what's closed | (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)

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Kolkata: Due to the rise of the covid positive case in the state, the state government imposed more restrictions till January 15.

Addressing the media, state Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi said that schools, colleges and universities will remain closed due to the rise in the covid cases.

“The night curfew will be implemented from 10 pm to 5 am. Only essential and emergency services shall be permitted. Local trains will ply with 50 percent capacity and will run till 7 pm. Metro will also run with 50 percent capacity. Flights from Delhi and Mumbai will land in Kolkata only on two days Monday and Friday,” said Dwivedi.

It may be noted that flights from the UK will be temporarily suspended as the UK is the high risk country.

The chief secretary also said that people who are returning from other countries will have to undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) at the airport.

“10 percent people will have to go through RT –PCR test and everyone will have to undergo RAT test before leaving the airport and those whose report will come positive will have to be sent to isolation,” further mentioned Dwivedi also adding that there will be 50 percent attendance in both private and government offices.

In the last 24 hours, the state had recorded 6153 new cases with over 3194 only in Kolkata. In the last 24 hours eight deaths are also recorded.

In order to break the chain, the state government has also closed all the tourist spots and swimming pools, clubs and cinema halls will be operating with 50 percent seating capacity.

“In marriage ceremony only 50 people will be allowed and in case of deaths 20 people are allowed. Home delivery of food and other essential products shall be allowed as per usual operational hours following proper Covid-appropriate care and protocols. The market unions will have to sanitize the markets everyday,” added Dwivedi.

The Chief secretary also mentioned that a total of 11 containment zones have been detected in Kolkata with more than five people affected in those areas.

According to Dr. Diptendra Sarkar strict implementations of restrictions should be implemented in order to break the chain of the infection.

“In a week the total number of active patients will reach over 10000 and in order to break the chain the restrictions are needed. If the current rate of active patients continues then every hospital will be full soon,” said Sarkar.

It is pertinent to mention that in Calcutta Medical College 70 doctors including the HoD have been covid positive in a single day.

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Published on: Sunday, January 02, 2022, 09:27 PM IST
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