West Bengal orders lockdown after ‘super-spreader’ election | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 17, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:19 AM, May 17, 2021

West Bengal orders lockdown after ‘super-spreader’ election

An Indian state stricken by coronavirus after mass rallies were held for a key election ordered a two-week lockdown on Saturday in a bid to halt the spread. All offices, stores and public transport in West Bengal were told to close for 15 days after the region reported its biggest spike yet in deaths and infections. West Bengal along with a host of southern states are bearing the brunt of a Covid-19 surge in India that has taken the nation's infection total to nearly 25 million with more than 265,000 deaths. The strain of the virus responsible has been declared a variant of "global concern" by the World Health Organization. 

 

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