Kolkata International Film Festival postponed due to Covid situation in West Bengal


The 27th Kolkata International Film Festival has been postponed due to the current Covid situation in West Bengal.

The 27th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) was scheduled to be held January 7-14 (Photo: Twitter)

The 27th Kolkata International Film Festival was postponed on Wednesday following a spike in Covid-19 cases in West Bengal. The international film festival was scheduled to be held in the city from January 7 and run until January 14.

It comes just a day after it was announced that the festival would go on as planned with 50 percent seating capacity.

West Bengal reported 9,073 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, an increase of more than 49.27% ​​in a single day, with Kolkata accounting for more than half, the state health department said.

Among the new positive cases, Kolkata recorded 4,759, against 1,958 recorded the day before, according to the bulletin. The metropolis also reported five deaths, the highest in the state.

A number of political leaders, including director-turned-congressman-turned-congressman Raj Chakraborty, former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla who is also a former minister of state, singer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo and poet Srijato , have also tested positive for the virus.

During this time, around 200 doctors at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital and other hospitals in the city were infected.

West Bengal has been named by the Union Health Ministry as one of the “states of concern” where there has been a significant increase in cases.

A slew of restrictions have also been reimposed in the city, including closing schools and colleges and capping landings on flights from Delhi and Mumbai.

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