Relaxations in place, Covid-19 lockdown extended till June 30 in West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Updated on Jun 08, 2020 10:38 PM IST

Mizoram government also announced a similar directive after a consultative meeting was chaired by chief minister Zoramthanga on Monday.

File photo: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
File photo: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced extending the coronavirus lockdown, which was due to expire on June 15, had been extended till June 30.

“The lockdown is being extended in the state till June 30, with all existing relaxations and conditions still in place. Earlier, we had allowed only 10 people at social programmes such as a marriage or a funeral ceremony, now we have increased it to 25,” Mamata Banerjee told reporters after a meeting of the state cabinet, according to news agency PTI.

West Bengal had relaxed lockdown curbs from June 1 along with other parts of the country.

In an order later issued on Monday afternoon by chief secretary Rajiva Sinha, the government said the hard lockdown restrictions would apply to containment zones. Elsewhere, the order raised the number of people who can attend marriages, funerals and enter places of worship from the existing limit of 10 to 25.

Mizoram government also announced a similar directive after a consultative meeting was chaired by chief minister Zoramthanga on Monday. The state government has decided to impose a 2-week total lockdown starting June 9 in view of the prevailing coronavirus situation.

 

“Lockdown guidelines will be notified shortly,” a statement from Mizoram government noted. The period of Covid-19 quarantine has also been increased from 14 days to 21 days with immediate effect in the state.

 

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Last week, Manipur government also to extend the lockdown restrictions in the state till June 30. Chief minister N Biren Singh announced the same at a press conference last Sunday describing the extension of lockdown restrictions as a preventive measure that would help save people’s lives from the viral outbreak.

Besides this, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Punjab have also batted for restrictions to remain in place and have extended the lockdown till June 30 with some relaxations.

Maharashtra government rolled out guidelines on lockdown relaxations that are to be implemented in three phases under its mission ‘Mission Begin Again’.

Tamil Nadu government also announced the extension of lockdown till June 30 coupled with a number of relaxations, barring containment zones. Ban on places of worship and interstate transport will remain prohibited across the state.

Coronavirus cases across the country continue to rise unabated with the national tally soaring beyond 256,000. India now stands fifth on the global Covid-19 tally after countries like the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK.

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