A day after COVID-19 cases in West Bengal rose to 7 from 4, CM Mamata Banerjee penned a letter to PM Narendra Modi urging him to cease the operations of all flights to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which has now infected over 400 in India.
In her letter, the chief minister said that allowing flights to still operate is a breach of quarantine protocol. “We are seriously concerned that Government of India is still allowing operation of flight causing a huge breach of the shutdown and quarantine protocol with no arrangement of social distancing that we are so painfully managing in the state,” read the letter.
“I would, therefore, request you to kindly arrange to issue necessary instructions to stop all flights coming to West Bengal with immediate effect so that the source of spreading infection is effectively contained and lockdown in the state implemented in true letter and spirit,” she said.
She also said that the state has announced Critical Safety Regulation measures which will come into effect from 5 pm on Monday. Under this, all establishments, barring essential services will remain closed and any gathering of more than seven persons will be prohibited. Railway and metro services have also been suspended.
On Sunday, West Bengal had announced a five-day lockdown, from March 23 to 27.
“All shops, commercial establishments, offices and factories, workshops, godowns, etc shall close their operations,” the notification said while exempting grocery shops, markets selling vegetables, fish, and meat.