2020-06-24 19:49:00
West Bengal

West Bengal government announces extension of lockdown till 31 July in order to contain novel coronavirus cases in the state.

In an earlier announcement, the state government extended the closure of all educational institutions in the state till 31 July.

The institutions include all state-run and state-aided schools, colleges as well as universities across the state, said West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee in a press briefing.

Earlier today, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held an all-party meeting at Nabanna in Kolkata 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.

Mamata, 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.

The ongoing lockdown in the state was to end on 30 June.

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

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