Published On: Wed, Jun 24th, 2020

West Bengal extends lockdown till July 31

Kolkata:West Bengal government on Wednesday extended the lockdown in the state till July 31 amid the continuous spike in coronavirus cases.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

No train and metro service will not resume during the period. Also, schools, colleges and other educational institutions will continue to remain closed.

However, shopping malls, restaurants and other establishments were allowed to open as the state government allowed relaxations as part of the “Unlock-1”, the first phase of a calibrated exit from the coronavirus-induced lockdown across the country.

Earlier today, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held an all-party meeting at at an auditorium adjacent to the state secretariat over Covid-19 situation in the state.

Dilip Ghosh, president of BJP’s West Bengal unit, Manoj Howladar from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Swapan Banerjee from Communist Party of India, Pradip Bhattacharya from Congress were among those who participated in the meeting.

Banerjee, after attending an all-party meeting said though there were differences of opinion among the leaders, it was finally decided to extend the curbs till the end of July with relaxations.

West Bengal has a total of 14,728 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which 580 people have succumbed to the infection, according to the Union Health Ministry.

TST

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