As India 'unlocks', West Bengal extends lockdown till June 30Last updated on Jun 08, 2020, 11:07 pm
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that the coronavirus lockdown in the state will be extended till June 30.
The announcement comes as the rest of India starts to lift the lockdown as part of the Centre's 'Unlock 1.0' plan.
West Bengal has notably witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases over the past few days.
Here are more details.
Decided to extend the lockdown till June 30: Banerjee
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, CM Banerjee said, "We have decided to extend the lockdown till June 30 in West Bengal."
Earlier, the state had extended the lockdown till June 15. However, places of worship were allowed to reopen from June 1.
Meanwhile, in most regions across India, restaurants, religious places, shopping malls, hotels and hospitality units have started reopening.
Limit on wedding/funeral gatherings raised to 25
Banerjee announced that the family of deceased COVID-19 patients will now be allowed to see them and pay their respects. Guidelines regarding the same were amended on Sunday.
She also said that now, up to 25 people will be allowed to attend marriage or funeral gatherings. The limit on such gatherings has been raised from 10 people earlier.
West Bengal reported 8,187 COVID-19 cases till yesterday
Till Sunday, West Bengal had reported a total of 8,187 cases after recording 449 new cases in the past 24 hours—its biggest spike yet.
The state has also reported 324 COVID-19 deaths and 72 "co-morbid" deaths; total 396.
West Bengal's tally is the eighth-highest in India. The nationwide tally has crossed 2.56 lakh which includes 7,200 deaths, 1,24,981 active cases, and 1,24,429 recoveries.
Mizoram announces 'total lockdown' Tuesday onwards
The Mizoram government has also decided to impose a two-week "total lockdown" in the state from Tuesday (June 9).
The decision was taken after a consultative meeting chaired by CM Zoramthanga.
The state had largely remained unaffected by the virus, reporting just one case till May-end. It has now reported 42 cases with eight new cases on Monday.
Updated guidelines to follow soon: Mizoram CM
📌Total Lockdown for 2 weeks starting midnight tonight!— Zoramthanga (@ZoramthangaCM) June 8, 2020
📌Quarantine period : 21 days
📌Home quarantine option will be limited to only extreme unavoidable cases.
📌Updated guidelines to follow soon...#Mizoram#MizoramagainstCovid19
These other states have extended lockdown till June-end
Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu had earlier extended the lockdown till June 30.
Earlier this month, Manipur had also extended the lockdown till June 30. The state had also remained largely unaffected by the outbreak till late-May but has now reported 209 cases.
Northeastern states are now witnessing a surge in cases as the central government has allowed inter-state movement.