A division bench of the Calcutta HC has directed the West Bengal authorities to make sure that all Covid-19 security protocols are adopted and there’s no large gathering in town for celebrations on the New Year’s eve, which may result in a spike in the coronavirus infections.
Celebrations in Kolkata have come below the scanner of the Calcutta excessive court docket, at the same time as some main cities in India have put restrictions to manage the group on the evening of December 31 to test any additional unfold of Covid-19.
This additionally comes at a time when the brand new coronavirus pressure, which surfaced in the UK and was reported to be spreading quicker, has been detected in at the least 20 passengers who returned to India from Britain.
On Monday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had informed officers to not let down guard and be ready to deal with the second wave, which may be triggered by the brand new pressure.
The HC noticed that though the festive season has come to an finish, folks have once more began hitting the streets to have a good time the New Year.
The state’s chief secretary and the house secretary have been directed to make sure that carrying masks and utilizing sanitizers are made necessary and if needed, checkpoints could also be put up at locations the place large gatherings happen on New Year’s eve.
Earlier in October this 12 months, the HC had banned the entry of holiday makers in pandals through the Durga Puja and had put in a number of restrictions to test the unfold of coronavirus through the festive season.
Some main cities in India have already imposed curfews and different tips forward of New Year’s Eve. While Mumbai has imposed an evening curfew from 11 pm on December 31, 2020 to six am on January 1, 2021; Bengaluru police have prohibited any public gatherings through the New Year’s eve in town. In Chennai, sure locations reminiscent of Marina Beach have been made inaccessible to folks on New Year’s eve in addition to the New Year’s day to keep away from crowding.
“Till now, the West Bengal government hasn’t imposed any restrictions. Now that the HC has given some directions, the state administration will discuss the issue on Wednesday and may issue some guidelines once the chief minister returns,” stated a senior official of the state authorities.
Covid-19 instances have gone down in West Bengal over the previous few weeks from 36,761 lively instances on November 1 to 12,788 on December 29. Till date, the state has reported 549,715 Covid-19 instances, out of which, 9,655 have died.