Kolkata: Owing to the rising cases of Coronavirus, West Bengal government on Thursday announced extension of lockdown in the state till June 15 in order to contain the infection.
The announcement was made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the ongoing lockdown in West Bengal was supposed to end of May 30.
Under the ongoing lockdown-like restrictions imposed in Bengal, there is an indefinite prohibition functioning of shopping malls, markets, restaurants and bars, gyms, and swimming pools, which will continue till July 15.
Meanwhile, extending the lockdown Banerjee has sought full cooperation from people of Bengal. “Please don’t call this a lockdown. Covid numbers have come down. For economy’s sake there will be no total lockdown,” she said.
Trinamool Congress (TMC)-led Bengal government’s decision to extend the lockdown comes on a day when the state reported as many as 16,225 Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 13,18, 203.
The death toll mounted to 14,827 after 153 more fatalities were reported from different parts of the state.
West Bengal now has 1,23,377 active cases, while 11,79,999 patients have recovered from the disease, including 19,071 since Tuesday.