Local train services to be suspended in West Bengal from Thursday in view of Covid-19

Published on May 05, 2021 03:01 PM IST
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has ordered the suspension of local train services across the state in view of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation.
West Bengal: Local trains to be suspended from Thursday (File Photo)
West Bengal: Local trains to be suspended from Thursday (File Photo)
By | Written by Joydeep Bose

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has announced that local train services shall be suspended in the state from Thursday onwards to combat the worsening coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic situation. Meanwhile, metro rail and government-run transport services in West Bengal shall operate with 50% occupancy from Thursday, the chief minister announced.

Click here for more details on the fresh Covid-19 curbs imposed in West Bengal on Wednesday.

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.

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The West Bengal chief minister also announced lockdown-like measures across the state to tackle the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, encountered in the second wave of the coronavirus disease. Shopping complexes, markets, gyms, cinema halls, and beauty parlours have been closed, while all manner of social and political gatherings have been prohibited.

"Looking at the Covid-19 situation, we are going to take some steps. Wearing masks will be mandatory. There will only be 50% attendance in state government offices. Shopping complexes, gyms, cinema halls, and beauty parlours shall remain closed. Social and political gatherings will be prohibited," chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.

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Moreover, for the private sector in West Bengal, work from home has been allowed for 50% of the staff. Jewellery shops will remain open only for three hours in the day -- from 12pm to 3pm. Home delivery of food shall remain open. In fact, the government encouraged more people to have their food delivered at home to cut down on the virus spread.

Banks will remain open from 10am to 2am, the chief minister said.

Announcing measures to cut the coronavirus spread from domestic and international fliers, Mamata Banerjee said that from May 7, no one will be allowed to arrive at airports without an RT-PCR negative report not older than 72 hours. "Those who test positive shall be sent to 14-day quarantine arranged by the airport authority in collaboration with the state government," the West Bengal chief minister said.

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