Kolkata: The West Bengal government has altered dates for the bi-weekly lockdown in August yet again.
Lockdown in West Bengal will now be enforced on August 5, 8, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31. The previous declared dates were August 5, 8, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 31.
This is the fourth time that the Mamata Banerjee-headed Trinamool Congress Party state government has changed lockdown dates to curtail the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
“Several requests and appeals have been received from different quarters to relax complete lockdown on certain dates which are coinciding with some festivals and local community-based customs,” the government order stated.
The BJP state unit asked the state government to reconsider the lockdown on August 5 as Ram Mandir Bhoomi Poojan in Ayodhya is scheduled that day.