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West Bengal government admits to community transmission, announces two-day lockdown every week

Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said that the decision was taken following a high-level meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, at the state secretariat.

Published: 20th July 2020 06:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2020 08:48 AM   |  A+A-

Police distribute masks to people as an awareness campaign amid coronavirus outbreak, in Kolkata

Police distribute masks to people as an awareness campaign amid coronavirus outbreak, in Kolkata. (File photo| ANI)

By Express News Service

KOLKATA: The West Bengal government said on Monday that community transmission has occurred in some of the pockets in the state and hence announced complete lockdown across the state for two days in a week.

“The new cases of Covid-19 infection are rising day by day. The state health department has come to know about community transmission in some parts of the state. The state government has decided to impose complete lockdown twice a week across West Bengal. This week, complete lockdown will be executed on Thursday and Saturday. We will announce the next week’s dates on Monday,’’ said home secretary Alapan Banerjee.

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Meanwhile, a post-lockdown survey by the state health department revealed the rate of Covid-19 infection among men is more than double than the women and most of the infected persons are aged between 16 and 30 years. The rate of infection among men and women was equal during lockdown phases and it drastically changed after the unlock phase started, said an official of the state government.

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