COVID-19: West Bengal govt extends lockdown-like curbs till June 15

Aritra SinghaUpdated: Thursday, May 27, 2021, 10:28 PM IST
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | Photo: ANI

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has extended lockdown like restrictions in West Bengal till June 15.

Addressing the media, Mamata said that in order to save the economy she will not impose lockdown but the restriction to break the chain of the pandemic will continue till June 15.

“In order to save the economy we have never imposed complete lockdown but whatever the restrictions were there will continue till June 15. Earlier the jute mills were allowed to run with 30 percent employees that will be allowed till 40 percent now. Construction workers can resume work post vaccination,” added Mamata also stating that the online delivery services will continue working.

Speaking about the vaccination, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the TMC run West Bengal government is now taking initiative to vaccinate those who interact with people more.

“The hawkers, the drivers, the vendors are being vaccinated now so that the super-spreaders can be secured in a way securing the rest of the people,” added Mamata also mentioning that by imposing restrictions in West Bengal the number of active cases have gone down in West Bengal.

Notably, 50 thousands new Covaxin vaccines reached West Bengal on Thursday from Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, clearing the confusion that the board examination of class 10 and 12 has been postponed indefinitely, Mamata Banerjee said that class 12 exams will be held in the last week of July while class 10 examination will be conducted in mid-August.

“15 subjects will be compulsory for Higher Secondary examination and seven subjects for Secondary examination. The rest of the subjects will be marked on the basis of school examination results. The examinations will be held in pupil’s own school in keeping with the COVID protocols and instead of three hours the examinations will be for one and a half hours,” added the West Bengal Chief Minister.

Earlier, Class 10 examination under West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) was scheduled on June 1 and Class 12 examination was scheduled on June 15 but due to the rise in the second wave of the pandemic both the examinations were cancelled.

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