With over 73,000 new COVID-19 registered in the last seven days, there is speculation that West Bengal, which has already announced the formation of micro-containment zones, may impose a complete lockdown to prevent the unprecedented spike. could.
Experts are of the opinion that if the transmission chain is not broken immediately, the number of daily cases may break the record within a day or two.
The astronomical increase of cases in the last 10 days is all the more worrying for the state. On January 4, the number of freshmen stood at 9,073, doubling within two days.
The number stood at just 4,512 on January 1, but over the next seven days, the cumulative figure touched 73,412, causing genuine concern for the state administration.
In an effort to curb the rapid spread of the virus, the state government has already announced a slew of measures to roll back the micro-containment zone mechanism to prevent people from high-containment zones from moving into mainstream areas.
So far the local administration has declared 48 micro containment zones. Out of which 28 are in the satellite township of Bidhannagar, Kolkata.
Though Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the state government is against complete lockdown as it affects the lives of common people, but recently, she indicated that the state government is considering stricter restrictions.
Not only in Kolkata and its adjoining areas, but the local administration has imposed partial lockdown in many other areas.
The local administrations of South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Jalpaiguri, Nadia and North 24 Parganas have announced a total lockdown for three days a week.
“At present we have decided to continue with the total lockdown on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and will carefully observe the situation for the next seven days. If the number of fresh cases does not come down, then we can think of further tightening the conditions of the lockdown. We are going for a mass campaign so that people are aware of wearing masks and maintaining social distance. This is the only way to control the spread of the disease,” said a senior official of a district adjoining Kolkata.
According to senior state government officials, the administration is not ruling out the possibility of a total lockdown in the state.
“An advantage we have is that there is no overcrowding in hospitals and we do not have any shortage of oxygen either. This indicates that people have mild symptoms and will be safe if the government rules are strictly followed and home isolation,” said a senior state government official.
“We are preparing for the worst. If there is a huge rush in the hospitals then the government can think of imposing a lockdown in the entire state. Presently the situation is under control and we are closely monitoring the developments. If the situation turns dire, we will have to think differently. Lockdown is our last resort and we will not enforce it unless it is unavoidable.