KOLKATA: Amid the surging number of coronavirus cases in the state, the West Bengal government on Monday announced a complete lockdown across the state for two days every week to control the spread of the deadly pathogen.

In another statement, the West Bengal government said that the complete lockdown will be in force across the state on Thursday and Saturday in this week.

“There will be a two-day complete lockdown every week from this week. In current week, on Thursday and Saturday the state government imposes, in addition to running broad based containment zone approach, a complete lockdown all over the state,” news agency ANI quoted West Bengal Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay as saying.

“COVID-19 is spreading and increasingly it is being considered that it is spreading in community. After discussion with scientists and experts, the idea is being drawn that there are transmission in some groups,” Bandyopadhyay added. 

The decision has been taken in wake of the rising coronavirus cases in the country. According to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the novel coronavirus, which was first reported in China’s Wuhan, has affected more than 42,000 people in West Bengal.

As per the Union Health Ministry, over 1,100 people have succumbed to the deadly pathogen in West Bengal while the recovery rate in the state stands at 58.56 per cent as nearly 25,000 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

Meanwhile, the decision to impose restrictions weekly comes days after the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government said that it has no plans to impose an immediate lockdown across the state to combat the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

“We have no plans of introducing lockdown in Bengal as of now. Only in the containment zones there will be a strict lockdown,” state Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.

Sinha had said that the situation is still under control and the health department is working relentlessly to provide treatment to COVID patients across the state.

“We are capable of dealing with the situation. I urge people not to panic. The situation is quite under control. There will be restrictions only in the containment zones,” IANS quoted Sinha as saying.

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