West Bengal govt. imposes 2-day lockdown every week after community transmission detected in few areas.& |  Photo Credit: PTI
The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government is taking more strict decisions in order to keep a check on the COVID-19 crisis in the state. Stating that community transmission of COVID-19 has been detected in a few areas, the government on Monday (July 20) announced a complete lockdown across the state for two days every week.
The decision was taken following a high-level meeting, led by Mamata Banerjee along with the home secretary. In this regard, the home secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay stated, “There are a few places where community transmission has been detected. All offices, transport services will be shut down on those two days. Next week, the shutdown will be clamped on Wednesday (July 29).”
He added that another review meeting will be held for this matter before any action. The state government is doing everything possible and within its reach to limit the flow of the virus. However, Kolkata, in particular, has struggled to restrict the spread with positive cases rising at regular intervals for the past few days.
Recently, the Kolkata police also did their part in sensitizing the general public of the need of wearing masks outdoors and launched a campaign in this process.
The city police released a mask-wearing awareness anthem, sung by veteran singer Usha Utthup, in a bid to motivate the citizens in Covid-19 safety activities. The campaign ‘Mask-up Kolkata’ was launched by the city’s police Commissioner, Anuj Sharma. He tweeted, “Always wear a mask,” while launching the awareness campaign.
Several metro-cities such as Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, etc. are dealing with the adverse effects of the virus spread. While Ahmedabad was believed to have curtailed the flow to an extent, it has again seen a spike in the cases; adding to the concerns of the state government and citizens.