Bengal: Lockout in confinement zones extended for 7 days, says CM Mamata Banerjee.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today that the state government has agreed to extend the lockdown by seven days in areas identified as State containment zones. Mamta Banerjee said Thursday the lockdown will take effect from 5 pm. This decision to extend the lockdown by one week comes on a day when West Bengal saw its highest Covid-19 deaths from singing day. A total of 25 Covid-19 patients died on Tuesday in the state, according to the regular newsletter on Covid-19 by the state health department. For those 25 new deaths, the overall death toll in West Bengal due to Covid-19 has risen to 807.
Out of the 25 deaths on Tuesday, 23 people succumbed due to comorbidities where Covid-19 was incidental, the bulletin said. The state government said 850 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in West Bengal, taking the state's Covid-19 tally to 23,837. This was the third consecutive day that the state witnessed more than 800 new infections. West Bengal now has 7,243 active cases. Since Monday, 555 patients have recovered from the disease, the bulletin said. Of the deaths reported on Tuesday, Kolkata accounted for 10, while nine patients died in North 24 Parganas, three in South 24 Parganas and one each in Paschim Medinipur, Purba Medinipur and Hooghly districts, it added. The highest number of 291 fresh Covid-19 infections was reported from Kolkata, followed by 187 from North 24 Parganas, 74 from Howrah, 70 from South 24 Parganas, 50 from Malda and 37 from Darjeeling.
COVID-19: Lockdown will be imposed in containment zones in West Bengal for 7 days, starting 5 pm Thursday, says CM Mamata Banerjee— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) July 8, 2020