Police has arrested over 750 individuals on Thursday for violating lockdown norms on the primary day of the 48-hour shutdown throughout West Bengal that has been enforced by the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) authorities in a bid to comprise the unfold of the raging coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak.
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Folks had been confined to indoors in Kolkata and its surrounding areas on Thursday due to the lockdown that was accompanied by incessant monsoon showers.
Earlier, the Bengal authorities had introduced that lockdown could be enforced on sure days in August. The state authorities modified lockdown dates at the very least 5 occasions in a bid to accommodate spiritual festivals and public holidays such because the 74th Independence Day that was noticed on August 15.
Initially, although 9 days had been determined for the lockdown in August, later it was introduced down to 6.
“We’ve got arrested 756 individuals for violating lockdown norms in Kolkata on Thursday. Not less than 387 individuals had been arrested for not carrying masks and one other 64 for spitting in public,” stated a Kolkata Police official.
On Thursday, Kolkata recorded round 45 millimetres (mm) of rainfall. The India Meteorological Division (IMD) authorities have issued a warning for heavy rainfall in Kolkata and its surrounding areas till August 25.
Bengal has recorded 1.29 lakh Covid-19 circumstances till Thursday, together with 3,129 within the final 24 hours.
North 24 Parganas district has overtaken Kolkata because the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak in Bengal.
On Thursday, North 24 Parganas district recorded 747 new Covid-19 circumstances, as in comparison with 583 in Kolkata.
“There was a surge in Covid-19 circumstances due to aggressive testing. Nonetheless, the positivity price, which had shot as much as round 17% in mid-July, got here right down to 12% over the previous few weeks. At current, it’s lower than 10%,” stated a state authorities official.