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COVID-19 2nd Wave: West Bengal announces 15-day coronavirus lockdown from May 16

The coronavirus-enforced lockdown will continue till May 30

May 15, 2021 / 01:40 PM IST
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (File image)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (File image)

The West Bengal government has announced a 15-day complete lockdown from May 16 amid rising COVID-19 cases. The coronavirus-enforced lockdown will continue till May 30.

"We are taking some strict measures to contain the pandemic, starting Sunday 6 am till 6 pm of May 30," Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said on May 15.

Here are the restrictions to be imposed in West Bengal from May 16:

> All government and private offices, shopping complexes, malls, bars, sports complexes, pubs and beauty parlours will remain closed.

> Petrol pumps will remain open and essential services like milk, water, medicine, electricity, fire, law and order and media will not come under the purview of it.

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> E-commerce and home delivery services will be allowed.

> Industries and factories to remain shut.

> Inter-state trains, buses and metro services to remain shut.

> All gatherings, including religious gatherings, to be prohibited.

> Tea gardens to operate with 50 percent of the workforce.

> Jute mills to operate with 30 percent of the workforce.

> Schools, colleges and all educational facilities to remain shut.

The state registered its highest single-day spike of 20,846 fresh COVID-19 cases on May 14, taking the tally to 10,94,802, the health department said in its bulletin. The toll rose to 12,993 after 136 more people, including five eminent doctors, succumbed to the infection, the bulletin said.
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first published: May 15, 2021 12:46 pm

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