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West Bengal announces new COVID-19 curbs, local train services suspended

Including the suspension of local train services, the limited activity of market spaces, and 50% occupancy in public transport services including the Kolkata Metro.

West Bengal announces new COVID-19 curbs, local train services suspended-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published May 6, 2021, 1:32 PM IST
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Soon after taking oath for the third time as the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee swung into action and held a review meeting on the coronavirus situation in the state. In this meeting, it has been decided to introduce strict restrictions in the state to control the spread.

Including the suspension of local train services, the limited activity of market spaces, and 50% occupancy in public transport services including the Kolkata Metro.

She said that in view of the rising cases, all spas, parlours, shopping malls in the state will remain closed and public programs have been banned till further orders. With the permission of the police, 40 people can be allowed to attend the wedding ceremony. All markets have been closed and shops will only be allowed to open from 7-10 in the morning and 5-7 in the evening.

Essential shops, which include pharmacies, groceries, dairies, etc shall remain open throughout the day. Jewellery shops shall remain open only for three hours during the day -- from 12pm to 3pm.

Banks shall remain open from 10am to 2am. ATMs continue functioning throughout the day, as usual.

On arrival, fliers from outside the state will have to provide a negative RT-PCR Covid test not older than 72 hours. Covid-affected passengers will be sent to a 14-day quarantine arranged by the airport authorities.

All manner of social and political gatherings shall remain prohibited. If a gathering needs to be arranged for an emergency purpose, the organisers would need a special permit from the state government to do so. Even then, no more than 50 people will be allowed to attend the gathering.

West Bengal on Tuesday reported its highest single-day deaths of 107 Covid-19 patients, which took the state's death toll to 11,744, the health department had said in a bulletin. Meanwhile, a record number of new coronavirus disease cases were also registered, as the bulletin showed a single-day spike of 17,639 cases. West Bengal's total Covid-19 infection tally currently stands at 8,98,533.

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona 

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