West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced a 7-day lockdown in containment zones in the state. The lockdown, Banerjee said, would be extended further if needed.

The latest lockdown will come into effect from 5 pm on Thursday in Kolkata, Howrah and North 24 Parganas.
"The decision to extend the lockdown will be taken after reviewing the situation after seven days. We will try to meet everything that is required to control the COVID-19 spike. This time A and B buffer zones have been merged together and redefined as containment zones," she added. The decision comes a day after the state witnessed its highest single-day COVID-19 deaths.

Bengal, which places eighth among the top 10 worst-affected states, has close to 23,000 COVID-19 cases, 779 patients have died so far.

The list of containment zones in South 24 Parganas, however, did not get the approval of the Chief Minister, who sent the officials back to the drawing board to "review and revise".
Ms Banerjee has also asked them to focus on Siliguri town in north Bengal and the Malda district. The Bag Dogra airport is located in Siliguri.

During the lockdown period, no business activities would be allowed in the containment zones, , citing its sources. All government and non-government offices would remain closed and public movement will not be permitted in all market areas in redefined containment zones or isolation units.

Posted By: Tushar Kumar Laleria