Lockdown in India update, state-wise lockdown latest news: The Mamata Banerjee government's decision to enforce bi-weekly lockdown may provide relief to West Bengal's health sector, claimed senior doctors.
Lockdown in India update, state-wise lockdown latest news: Pune Collector Naval Kishore Ram has revealed that 10-day total lockdown in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and rural areas of Pune district won’t be extended. However, there will be some restrictions to check crowding, officials have said. The total lockdown in Pune and other parts remains effective till July 23. Meanwhile, Pune district has reported 2,601 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. This is the highest single-day surge, taking the count to 54,013 on Monday, a health department official said. He said the death toll rose to 1,387 with 44 more patients succumbing to the infection.
The Mamata Banerjee government’s decision to enforce bi-weekly lockdown may provide relief to West Bengal’s health sector, claimed senior doctors. Senior doctors have blamed people’s casual approach to lockdown guidelines and quarantine norms for high coronavirus caseloads in the state. West Bengal has recorded a new high of 2,282 COVID-19 cases in a single day, pushing the tally in the state to 44,769, the health department said on Monday. At least 35 people succumbed to the infection, raising the death toll to 1,147, it said. Of the 35 deaths, 16 were reported from Kolkata, eight in North Parganas district, seven in Howrah district, three in South 24 Parganas district and one in Jalpaiguri district. Thirty-four out of the 35 deaths were because of the comorbidities, where COVID-19 was incidental, the health department bulletin said. Of the total number of 2,282 new COVID-19 cases reported on Monday, the maximum number — 645 — was from Kolkata. The number of COVID-19 active cases climbed to 17,204.
Lockdown has been imposed or extended in several parts of a number of states across India. Lockdown has been announced in parts of Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Sikkim. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Chief Ministers of Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand to discuss the situation in respective states.
The Sikkim government has also decided to impose a complete lockdown in the state from July 21 to July 27 in view of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, officials told PTI. The report added that the decision to impose the Coronavirus lockdown was taken after reviewing guidelines for the management of the COVID-19 situation in the state, a notification issued by Chief Secretary S C Gupta said.
West Bengal government has announced a two-day total lockdown in a week to check the spread of coronavirus. Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said that community transmission of COVID-19 has been recorded in a few areas in the state, and complete lockdown will be in force across West Bengal on Thursday and Saturday this week.
In Maharashtra, police check vehicles in Pune amid the second-phase of lockdown that has been imposed here from July 13 to July 23 in the wake of COVID-19. The lockdown has been imposed in two phases here – first phase is from July 13 to July 18 and the second phase is from July 18 to July 23.
A complete lockdown has been announced in Raipur and Birgaon Municipal corporation areas in Chhattisgarh. The lockdown will remain effective from July 22 till July 28 midnight in view of the coronavirus. Essential services have been exempted from the lockdown, Raipur District Administration said.
A strict lockdown has been imposed in the entire Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. The Kerala capital will remain under strict lockdown up to the midnight of July 28, District Collector and Chairperson, District Disaster Management Authority said.
In Jammu and Kashmir, a lockdown has been announced on weekends. The strict lockdown will be imposed from 6 pm on every Friday till 6 am on every Monday, starting from July 24. During the lockdown period, there will be a complete restriction on the movement of individuals, vehicles, and all activities within the Jammu district, except movement for emergency medical requirements for which no pass is required, Jammu and Kashmir Government stated.
In West Bengal, the Malda district authorities have extended the ongoing total lockdown in the district headquarters town Englishbazar for till Tuesday i.e July 21, District Magistrate Rajasrhi Mitra said. During this period, markets are allowed to open for two hours from 8 AM to 10 AM during this period and all other shops, including groceries, will be closed, he said.
Meanwhile, Chandigarh has recorded a surge in coronavirus cases. Taking cognizance of the ongoing situation, PGI Director Dr Jagat Ram said that while imposing a lockdown or curfew should be left to the administration, but asserted that relaxations should be curbed.