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COVID-19: West Bengal extends lockdown till July 31

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday (June 24) announced the extension of lockdown till July 31 as COVID-19 cases in the state took another big jump. The ongoing lockdown in the state was to end on June 30. The development comes hours after the CM held an all-party meeting at Nabanna in Kolkata to discuss measures to tackle this situation.

“I announce this as the government decision the lockdown has been extended in Bengal amidst rising COVID-19 numbers across the country. This is in order to help the entire nation. Our relaxations will continue. Schools, colleges and universities will remain shut till July 31. As far as government offices are concerned, the operations will continue in a staggered manner as of now,” she said.

West Bengal recorded 370 new cases of Coronavirus on Tuesday (June 23), which took the total to 14,728. Of these, the number of active cases is 4,930. Besides, 11 deaths were recorded which brought the total to 580 as per Union Health Ministry data.

BJP’s West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh, Manoj Howladar from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Communist Party of India leader Swapan Banerjee, Pradip Bhattacharya from Congress were among the some who were present at the meeting.

During the meeting, the Left Front had objected to the state government’s order saying that the decision would aggravate people’s sufferings. “We cannot agree for lockdown extension because we have seen the suffering of common people. If there is lockdown then how would exams of pending board papers happen? The government has decided but we don’t support,” said Surya Kanto Mishra, CPI-M politburo member, and state secretary.

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