COVID-19: Lockdown Imposed in South 24 Parganas Dist of West Bengal


Guwahati: A lockdown has been imposed in Sonarpur municipality area in South 24 Parganas district of Bengal for three days amid a rise in Covid-19 cases. Sonarpur is about 20 km from the capital Kolkata.

Only emergency services will be allowed to function during this period. There are 19 containment zones in the Sonarpur area so far.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has written a letter to the Bengal government, expressing concern over the spike in Covid-19 cases in the state following Durga Puja festivities.

In the letter, the ICMR has mentioned that since Durga Puja, Covid-19 cases have increased by around 25 per cent in Kolkata. In the last 24 hours, 248 cases and six deaths have been reported in Kolkata only.

On Monday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the new cases of Covid-19 in the state were mostly among those who have been fully vaccinated.

The Centre has asked the West Bengal government to immediately review Covid cases and deaths and stressed the importance of ensuring Covid-safe festivities.