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The West Bengal government has decided to expand the areas under lockdown and impose tougher restrictions from July 9 to stem the relentless spike in COVID-19 cases. The containment zones and buffer zones around them will be clubbed together and constitute a “broad-based” containment zone where total lockdown will be imposed from 5 pm on Thursday.

Local authorities will try and arrange home delivery of essential commodities for the residents of these areas.

“These broader containment zones may be subjected to strict lockdown and all offices, government and private, all non-essential activities, congregations, transportations and all marketing, industrial and trading activities be closed,” a government order said.

As per updates, Bidhannagar, Barasat, Basirhat, Barrackpore and Bongaon municipal areas in North 24 Parganas are  likely to come under the lockdown.

According to updates, the state government is also mulling similar fresh lockdown in adjacent Kolkata and Howrah where cases are also rising. The death toll due to COVID-19 in West Bengal went up to 779 on Monday with a record 22 fatalities in a day.

As many as 861 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, taking the infection tally in the state to 22,987.

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