West Bengal extends Covid-19 curbs till August 15, night curfew continues
The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal on Thursday extended the restrictions necessitated to contain the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the state till August 15. All government programmes have been allowed to continue indoors with a 50% seating capacity, while the statewide curb on the movement of the people and vehicles between 9pm and 5am continues, according to the revised guidelines issued by the West Bengal government.
The operations of intra-state trains remain suspended, as per the order.
Outdoor activities, including the movement of people and vehicles, shall be strictly prohibited between 9pm and 5am, except for health services, law and order, essential commodities including agricultural products and other emergency services, the guidelines read.
The Covid-19 lockdown in West Bengal was extended till August 15 after a review of the current Covid-19 pandemic situation in the state, read the order issued by the state secretariat, Nabanna. The lockdown extension was recommended by the state executive committee of the West Bengal state disaster management authority, it said.
The Bengal government asked all the district administrations, police commisionerates and local authorities to ensure strict compliance with the stated directives. Any violation of the restriction's measures will be liable for proceedings as per provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and under the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the government order warned.
The extension of restrictions comes at a time when the daily count of infection soared to 815 on Wednesday after remaining below the 700-mark for two consecutive days.