BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: The West Bengal government has imposed a stringent lockdown in 10 CoVID-19 hotspots in the state. The lockdown will also be imposed in parts of Kolkata and Howrah, an official said.
This comes after the West Bengal government on Friday said that it had identified “9-10 coronavirus hotspots” in the state, including one in Kolkata and another in Howrah.
The administration, however, refused to name any of the hotspots as “a matter of principle”.
“We have identified 9-10 hotspots. Complete lockdown will be maintained in these hotspots. The state will, however, ensure the supply of food and essential commodities for people living in these containment zones,” chief secretary Ravij Sinha said, adding, “Stricter protocol will be in place in these hotspots.”
Though the chief secretary refused to name the hotspots, it is learnt that these areas include Bhanipore, Mudiali, Burrbazar, parts of Alipore, Salt Lake and Belgharia in Kolkata and Shibpur and Mallick Fatak near Howrah Maidan in Howrah.
This comes on the day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a tele-discussion with various chief ministers on the prevailing coronavirus situation in the country. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who had participated in the video conference with PM Modi on Saturday, announced that the lockdown in her state will be extended for two weeks i.e. April 30.
Meanwhile, at the press meet today at Nabanna, when asked about the hotspots in Bengal, Mamata said, “Why are you so concerned about hotspots? Please concentrate on hot and cold now. And please calls these as “micro planning” by the Bengal government… don’t use the word hotspots.”
Odisha and Punjab have decided to extend the lockdown till April 30. Several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Karnataka, have called for lockdown enforcement beyond April 14.
Parts of Uttar Pradesh and three major cities in Madhya Pradesh have been completely sealed in the wake of the rising COVID-19 cases.
As many as 15 districts in Uttar Pradesh came under a strict lockdown from Thursday till April 15. Delhi administration has also sealed moe than 20 COVID-19 hotspots in the national capital to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, earlier this week, ordered three major cities — Indore, Ujjain and Bhopal — to be sealed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
With inputs from PTI