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As COVID-19 cases rise in Kolkata, the state government has announced a fresh set of lockdowns for August. And along with that, it has also stated that flight operations will be suspended during the days of complete lockdown. The revised lockdown dates in August are 5, 8, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31.
UPDATE: As per State Govt. order dated 03.08.2020, flight operations at #KolkataAirport will remain suspended on the revised lockdown days: 5th, 8th,20th, 21st, 27th, 28th & 31st August 2020. @HomeBengal @AAI_Official @MoCA_GoI @HardeepSPuri @wbdhfw @arvsingh01 @PIBKolkata pic.twitter.com/W6Uft4eWwi— Kolkata Airport (@aaikolairport) August 4, 2020
This is the fourth time the state government has changed lockdown dates. Earlier, the state had imposed a bi-weekly lockdown to curb the rising number of COVID-19 cases. The changes have been a great inconvenience for many passengers who have been booking, cancelling, and re-booking flights.
If you are planning to fly to Kolkata, keep these dates in mind to avoid any last-minute hassles.
The state has also extended the ban on passenger flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Nagpur, till August 15.
On Thursday (July 6), the state recorded almost 3,000 cases in a day for the first time, with a record 2,954 infections taking the case count to 86,754, while 56 deaths pushed up the toll to 1,902. The increase is also because of the renewed emphasis on testing. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had set the target of testing 25,000 samples a day by August 15. “Many states are decreasing their number of tests, but we are increasing it. We want to identify more patients and to take control of the situation. So, we are giving more emphasis on increasing testing and tracing,” Banerjee said in a statement to the press on August 6.
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