West Bengal unlikely to completely lift COVID-19 restrictions

The West Bengal government may not completely lift the coronavirus-related restrictions that have been imposed in the state till July 15, a senior official said on Tuesday. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is likely to review the COVID-19 situation on Wednesday and the final call, he said.

“Though the pandemic situation in the state has improved a lot, withdrawing the restrictions completely might still be risky. Nearby states like Tripura and Odisha and even Bangladesh have reported a surge in cases.

“Therefore, we need to be extra cautious… The CM will decide on it,” the official told PTI.

He said that warnings by experts regarding a possible third wave will have to be considered as well before coming to a decision on lifting the restrictions.

“The positivity rate in the city and its surrounding districts are yet to settle at a satisfactory level, too,” he added.

The West Bengal government had extended the COVID-19 curtailments till July 15, announcing certain relaxations 

The state on Tuesday reported 863 fresh cases and 17 more fatalities.

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