The West Bengal state government will enforce a total lockdown in containment zones from 5 pm on July 9, Thursday. The order was issued in the wake of the rapidly rising COVID-19 cases across the state. The order did not mention how long the latest shutdown will last. The state government also enlarged the domain of containment zones by including 'buffer zones' within such areas as well. The state will prohibit functioning of all government and private offices, all non-essential activities, congregations and gatherings, all forms of transport and all marketing, trading and industrial activities within these newly-defined containment zones.