West Bengal government on June 28 has extended the COVID-induced restrictions across the state till July 15. However, relaxations have been allowed amid restrictions in the state.
As per the new order, salons, beauty parlours are allowed to open from 11 am to 6 pm with 50 percent seating capacity provided staff has been vaccinated.
Private and corporates offices can too remain open from 10 am to 4 pm with 50 percent working capacity.
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
Gyms will also be allowed with 50 percent capacity from 6 am -10 am and 4 pm-8 pm.
All the bazaars and markets to remain open from 6 am-12 noon while other shops will stay open from 11 am-8 pm.
Bank too will remain open 10 am-2 pm.
West Bengal is among the states which were hit severely by the onset of second COVID-19 wave and witnessed its per-day COVID-19 count peaking to above 20,000 in the month of May.
Meanwhile, the state registered 1,836 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to a bulletin by the state government on June 27. The state also saw 2,022 recoveries, pushing recoveries 14,55,453. With 29 deaths in the last 24 hours, the cumulative toll reached 17,612. There are 21,884 active COVID-19 cases in West Bengal.Follow our full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.