SILIGURI: West Bengal on Friday observed the bi-weekly lockdown to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced two days of lockdown this week.
Several districts including Birbhum and Siliguri wore a deserted look as netizens remained indoors and public transport and other vehicles, barring those engaged in essential services, were off the roads.
West Bengal: Police patrols in areas around Kharagpur as bi-weekly lockdown is being observed to contain #COVID19.— ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2020
The state will observe complete lockdown for 2 days every week until end of August. There are 1,29,119 COVID19 cases, as per the latest state health dept bulletin. pic.twitter.com/2TB7QqoYBP
Police personnel kept a strict vigil on major intersections to prevent people from venturing out without any valid reason.
The complete lockdown for August 20 and 21 was announced on August 12. As per the order, the next two days of lockdown will be observed on August 27.
West Bengal has recorded 27,696 active COVID-19 cases, 98,789 recoveries and 2,634 deaths, as per the Union Health Ministry on Friday.