After recording traces of community transmission in certain areas of West Bengal, Mamta Banerjee’s government has announced two days of complete lockdown in the state for every week. By Kumar Shree

To control the spread of Coronavirus, the West Bengal government, on Monday, announced two days of complete lockdown every week from now on. State home secretary, in his press conference, declared that the first lockdown of this series will be observed on Thursday, July 23 and Saturday, July 25. The decision was declared after a high-level meeting chaired by CM Banerjee was conducted.

 

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As reported by India Today, State home secretary, Alapan Bandyopadhyay said, “There are a few places in the state where community transmission of COVID-19 has been detected. After talking to experts, doctors, enforcement authorities, and the police, we have decided to impose complete lockdown for two days every week in the entire state to break the chain.”

After this week’s lockdown, a review decision will be made on Monday, July 27. Most likely, the next lockdown will be put in motion on July 29.

The West Bengal government has also declared that it plans to set up COVID-19 units at every private and state-run hospital. This move will help the state tackle the surging number of COVID-19 cases. It will also enable the state to take better care of those who are identified as Coronavirus positive.

 

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The government is also looking forward to getting 19 more Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test kits. These kits are used to test Coronavirus samples and identify positive cases. West Bengal will be able to conduct 25,000 tests every day after getting these additional kits.

West Bengal government has also launched a special scheme for COVID Warriors. The Department of Health & Family Welfare, West Bengal tweeted to inform about the same. The tweet reads, “The State launched a special scheme for COVID Warriors with cash compensation of INR 1 Lakh to every affected individual & free treatment in dedicated #COVID19 government hospitals. INR 10 Lakh is being given as compensation to the family of every deceased COVID Warrior.”

On July 21, the state has reported a total of 42,487 COVID-19 positive cases.

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