West Bengal govt eases Covid curbs; schools, colleges to reopen from Feb 3

Citing a dip in new Covid-19 cases, the West Bengal government has eased restrictions for schools, colleges, private offices, restaurants, and bars from 3rd Feb

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Colleges, universities will resume physical classes from Feb 3
  • Private offices have been allowed to resume operations with 75 per cent attendance
  • West Bengal had 31,562 active cases of infection as per the state govt’s January 30 Covid-19 bulletin

Schools in West Bengal will reopen for classes 8 to 12 from February 3, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said during a press conference on Monday. She also announced that the state government has decided to lift some restrictions put in place to contain the spread of Covid-19.

In addition, colleges and universities in West Bengal have also been given the go-ahead to conduct physical classes starting February 3.

Workforce can be increased from 50 percent to 75 percent in private offices, CM Mamata Banerjee said, adding that the state’s daily tally of new cases of infection is declining.

She also announced that restaurants, bars, and cinema halls can now operate at 75 percent capacity compared to the earlier 50 percent. The same applies to sports arenas, which can now operate at 75 percent seating capacity.

Meanwhile, local trains and metro, operating at 50 percent seating capacity, have now been allowed to operate at 75 percent seating capacity.

Flights from Bombay and Delhi will operate on a daily basis starting today, the West Bengal Chief Minister said.

Goutam Deb: Ones Having COVID Symptoms Should Undergo Test (afpr.co.in)

The West Bengal government also issued an order on Monday stating that incoming domestic flights from Bengaluru will be allowed thrice a week – Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Incoming flights to Kolkata from the UK are also hereby allowed subject to RT-PCR test on arrival, the order went on to say.

As per the state health department’s most recent Covid-19 bulletin, West Bengal has 31,562 active cases of infection. The recovery rate for novel coronavirus patients in the state stands at 97.38 percent, while the fatality rate is 1.03 percent.

At least 6.89 crore individuals in the state of West Bengal have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This includes 5.02 crore beneficiaries who have been administered both doses.


Goutam Deb: Ones Having COVID Symptoms Should Undergo Test (afpr.co.in)