Amidst the threat of corona virus once again gaining momentum in the country, various restrictions are being imposed in different states. Meanwhile, the cases of Omicron, the new variant of Corona, are also increasing rapidly. This is the reason why the Mamta government of West Bengal like other states has taken a big decision to prevent infection of the virus. In fact, in a statement issued by State Home Secretary BP Gopalika, it has been told that from January 3, 2022 next year, flights coming from Britain have been banned in Bengal.
There will be no lockdown for the time being – CM Banerjee
However, earlier on Thursday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that no situation like lockdown is going to be implemented in the state at present. Putting an end to the possibility of a statewide lockdown amid the ever-increasing graph of Corona in Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, ‘I would like to tell you that there will be no lockdown in the state right now. During covid, everything was put on hold and this led to a situation where common people were suffering the most. The government does not want to follow the same path once again.
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However, he said the government was carefully considering every possible situation and was keeping a close watch on the developments. “During the last six-eight months there was no such fear of virus and hence all hospitals and safe-houses were closed at many places,” the chief minister said. We will take a decision after carefully considering every possible situation.
How can I stop the New Year celebrations: CM Banerjee
Amid concerns from health experts about New Year celebrations, gatherings of people could be contributing significantly to the spread of the virus. To this the Chief Minister said, ‘How can I stop the celebration program of the New Year? However, we are monitoring the situation. I ask everyone to be aware of the situation and behave rationally. He also asked everyone to behave responsibly in Gangasagar fair. She said, ‘I cannot stop the mela, but people should be aware.’
CM had earlier indicated to impose a complete ban
On Wednesday, the Chief Minister had said that the state government was considering to impose a complete ban again. Speaking at an administrative meeting in South 24 Parganas, Banerjee had given widespread indications that the state government may ban schools and local trains to contain the spread of the virus. During the meeting on Wednesday, he had also said that the cases are increasing and hence, the state government can declare school holidays for a few days and if necessary, the government can also close schools and colleges.