Despite strict lockdown in place, markets in Jagatdal of North 24 Parganas in West Bengal experienced huge crowds, according to ANI. Although the government has revoked its earlier decision of complete lockdown in the state on September 12 in the interest of the students appearing for NEET exam on September 13, it had ordered that on 11 September will remain in place and no public activity will be allowed on that day.
It is also expected that Friday will be the last day of such a lockdown in light of the upcoming series of festivals in the state in September and October, according to a senior official who said, “Further lockdowns in the latter half of September and October would hit the trading community badly during the festival season.”
The West Bengal government had previously introduced the bi-weekly lockdown (twice a week) late in July to break the chain of Coronavirus infection. But in September the Mamta Banerjee led government had announced lockdown for three days in view of rising COVID-19 cases across India to curb the spread of the disease in the state. A complete lockdown was also held on September 7. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 1,93,175 with 23,377 active cases and 3,771 deaths.