West Bengal’s ongoing lockdown, that was supposed to end on June 30, has now been extended till July 31. By Kumar Shree  

West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, after attending an all-party meeting on Wednesday, announced an extension of the lockdown in the state till July 31 with some relaxations in place.

 

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As reported by NDTV, Ms Banerjee said, “The COVID-19 problem is spreading. Let us try and extend the lockdown with restrictions till July 31.” Talking about putting a cap on the treatment cost, she added, “Maharashtra and Delhi have done it. We should too… This is not a time to do business. This is a pandemic and hospitals must work in the spirit of service.” The chief secretary will work on an advisory for private hospitals.  

The schools, colleges, and universities will remain shut till July 31 while the government will continue operations in a staggered manner. Other relaxations to come into effect from June 1 include reopening of the places of worship. Jute, tea, and construction sectors can also resume full-fledged operations.  

 

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Earlier this week, establishments like shopping malls and restaurants resumed services after over two months of hiatus as the state government allowed relaxations during Unlock 1 

West Bengal had earlier extended its lockdown from June 15 to June 30. Maharashtra had also extended its lockdown till June 30. 

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