The West Bengal government has decided to extend the lockdown in the state till June 15, to control the spread of COVID-19 cases. The ongoing lockdown in the state was to end on May 30.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee imposed an indefinite restriction on shopping malls, markets, restaurants and bars, and swimming pools, on April 30.
She told the residents, “Please don’t call this a lockdown. Covid numbers have come down. For economy’s sake, there will be no total lockdown.”
The pandemic situation in Bengal eased a little because of existing restrictions, CM Mamata added.
West Bengal reported one of its highest drop in active COVID-19 cases of around 3,000 in the last 24-hours as new infections fell to 16,225 on May 26. The state had reported over 17,000 fresh cases a day ago.
West Bengal now has 1,23,377 active cases, with 11,79,999 patients recovering from the disease.