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West Bengal govt extends COVID-19 lockdown till July 31

The West Bengal government has also extended the closure of all the educational institutions till July 31, 2020. These institutions include state-aid, state-run schools, universities, and colleges across the state.

Jun 25, 2020 19:59 IST
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West Bengal government has extended the lockdown till July 31.  The decision has been taken in order to control the spread of COVID-19 in the state. 

The state government has also extended the closure of all the educational institutions till July 31, 2020. These institutions include state-aid, state-run schools, universities, and colleges across the state.

Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal had conducted an all-party meeting on Jun 24 at Nabanna in Kolkata to review the COVID-19 situation in the state. The government had earlier announced the COVID-19 lockdown till June 30. 

Mamata Banerjee on extending the lockdown:

The Chief Minister of the state informed that the services of metro and suburban trains will remain suspended in the extended lockdown. After attending the meeting she mentioned that there were differences of opinion, but the officials have finally decided to extend the curbs in the state till July 31 with certain relaxations. 

Swapan Banerjee from Communist Party of India, Dilip Ghosh, President of BJP's West Bengal Unit, Pradip Bhattacharya from Congress, Manoj Howladar from Bahujan Samaj Party was among those who had participated in the meeting. 

Private Hospitals in West Bengal instructed to standardise fees and charges:

The Chief Minister of West Bengal also informed that the private hospitals in the states will be instructed to standardise their fees and charges for COVID-19 patients, as there has been a rising concern over the high cost of treatment. 

Mamata Banerjee informed that the government had issued the guidelines to private hospitals earlier but they have not compiled with it. She mentioned that she will ask the health department and  Chief Secretary to issue the fresh guidelines to the private hospitals that they must standardise their fees and charges for COVID treatment. 

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