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West Bengal could impose a complete blockade amid a surge in COVID-19

Kolkata: Over 73,000 new COVID -19s have been registered in the last 7 days, and speculation has circulated that West Bengal, which has already announced the formation of a micro-containment zone, could completely block the unprecedented surge. I am.

Experts believe that the daily number of cases could break records within a few days if the transmission chain is not broken immediately.

Even more disturbing to the state is the increase in astronomical cases over the last decade. The number of fresh on January 4th was 9,073, which doubled in 2 days.

The number on January 1 was only 4,512, but over the next seven days, the cumulative number reached 73,412, causing great concern to the state government.

To curb the virus proliferation, the state government has already announced a series of measures to revive the microcontainment zone mechanism to limit people from highly infected zones from entering mainstream areas.

So far, the local government has announced 48 micro-containment zones. Twenty-eight of them are in Bidhannagar, Kolkata’s satellite township.

Prime Minister Mamata Banerjee said the state government was opposed to a complete blockade because it would hinder the lives of the common people, but recently said the state government is considering stricter restrictions.

In addition to Kolkata and its neighboring areas, local governments have imposed partial blockades in several other areas.

Local governments in South 24 Parganas, Howra, Hooghly, Jalpaiguri, Nadia and North 24 Parganas have announced a complete blockade three days a week.

“Currently, we have decided to continue the full blockade on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will closely observe the situation over the next 7 days. If the number of new cases does not decrease, we will impose more stringent blockade conditions. You might think. We are doing a big campaign to realize that people are wearing masks and keep a social distance. This is the only way to stop the spread of the disease. ” Said a senior official in the district adjacent to Kolkata.

According to state officials, the government has not abandoned the possibility of a complete blockade of the state.

“One advantage is that you are not in a hurry to the hospital and you are not deficient in oxygen. This is because people are showing mild symptoms, keeping strict government regulations and keeping their homes isolated. It shows that it is safe to do so, “said a senior state government official.

“We are preparing for the worst. If the hospital is in a hurry, the government may consider imposing a blockade across the state. Currently, the situation is controlled and we are closely watching development. If the situation gets serious, we need to think differently. Blockage is our last resort and we will not impose it unless it is unavoidable. “

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