The state government on Monday announced complete lockdown across West Bengal for two days a week from now.

State home secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay said that the government will review the situation and announce the two days in advance so that people can make prior arrangements. For this week, complete lockdown has been announced on Thursday and Saturday and for the following week, Wednesday will be the lockdown day. For the subsequent days, the government will make advance announcements, he said.

Bandopadhyay also announced some helpline numbers, which people can call in case of COVID-19 related emergencies. The numbers are:

1800313444222

and,

(033) 23412600

For ambulance service, the number to call is:

(033) 40902929

Bandopadhyay said that though there are only few numbers for people to call, these are actually 60 in number and as many phone lines will be in use so that simultaneously many calls can be received.

There is already a lockdown in place for some areas identified as “affected areas” – which are a list of recognised areas where there have been more than one identified/reported case. Earlier, lists of containment and buffer zones had been released, but currently some lockdown restrictions are imposed in these identified “affected” areas.

However, the government has clarified that on the selected days – Thursday and Saturday this week and Monday coming week (and subsequent days to be announced later), there will be complete lockdown all across West Bengal and not just in these areas.

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