On the 4th of July, the West Bengal Government announced to ban flight services from 6 cities.
The two weeks ban would begin from the 6th of July and would continue till the 19th of July.
The decision was taken by Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, in order to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 infection.
The six cities from where flights would not land in Kolkata are: Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad.
An official announcement regarding the same was made after the Union Civil Aviation Ministry agreed to the decision of the West Bengal Government.
Due to the increasing number of the Novel Coronavirus cases, the West Bengal Government wrote to the Central Government.
The letter read, “West Bengal is also witnessing a steep rise in cases. A large number of cases has been reported from people coming in the State from outside with infection. (The) Government of West Bengal has decided to stop or curtail movement of incoming flights and trains into the State.”
India resumed domestic passenger flights from May 25, after a gap of two months following the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. Scheduled international passenger flights are still suspended in India.
Meanwhile, till the 4th of July, West Bengal recorded 20,488 cases of the Novel Coronavirus.
Out of the total cases, 6,200 are active cases, 13,571 recovered and 717 deceased.
The State Government conducted as many as 5,19.054 tests till date.
According to the official report, the majority of cases were from Howrah, North 24 Parganas and Kolkata.
While Howrah reported 2,928 cases, North 24 Parganas and Kolkata reported 3,382 and 6,622 cases, respectively.
Stay tuned for further updates.