Friday, January 21

Covid-19 & Omicron: Mamta declares partial lockdown at West Bengal

By: Abhijit Ray, Kolkata, India

Considering the current uptrend in Indian state west Bengal, Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee announced partial lock down in the state.  Various measures are being declared to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

Today the Chief secretary Mr. HK Dwivedi said in a virtual press briefing that from 3rd January 2022, strict Covid (19) rules will be imposed in the state. All educational institutions like schools-colleges-universities in the state will be closed from Monday. No flight from UK  will be allowed to land at Kolkata Airport. The night curfew is imposed, and no vehicle and human movement will be allowed from night 10.00 Pm to Morning05.00 am except extreme emergency.

The restrictions that have been imposed in the state to prevent Omicron and Covid 19

1.Aircraft landing from high-risk countries is suspended

2.Flights from Mumbai, Delhi to Kolkata 2 days a week – Monday and Friday

3. RT-PCR test is mandatory in case of any symptom found

4. 100 percent repatriation Rapid Antigen test should be done for the foreign return persons

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5. School-College-University closed from February 6.  In the private offices and industries, 50 per cent of workforce can come

7.  50 percent attendance in government and private offices (including corporations).

8. Swimming pool, parlor, gym, spa, park, zoo’s will  be closed from Monday

9. Shopping malls, market complexes to allow 50 percent shoppers

10. Restaurants, bars 50 percent access will be allowed

11.Cinema hall, 50 percent of the audience can only enter in the theater

12. Curfew imposed from night 10pm to 5am

13. Local trains will only carry 50 percent passengers. However, local trains will be closed after 6 pm.

14.   Metro Rail will run with 50 percent passengers

5. Sanitation is mandatory in all the public transports and all the

markets to  be religiously sanitized.

Corona’s new strain has strongly gained a foothold in Bengal. The number of Omicron sufferers is increasing. Omicron is being detected especially in the bodies of passengers coming from abroad. Therefore, treatment has been arranged separately in public and private hospitals. The situation has become somewhat worrying as there have been some concessions in the Covid rules for Christmas and the English New Year.

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In this situation, the state government has issued a strict code of conduct for two weeks to curb the omicron. Later, a new decision will be taken considering the situation, said the chief secretary.

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