Bengal extends lockdown restrictions

They haven't taken any decision on the resumption of local and suburban trains.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on Thursday announced the extension of COVID-19 restrictions till August 30. However, the State government relaxed the existing night curfew from 11 pm to 5 pm from 9 pm to 5 pm, but they haven't taken any decision on the resumption of local and suburban trains.
 
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata said that so long as half the population remains unvaccinated, it would be unwise to allow local trains services to resume. “I understand that people are facing difficulties and have grievances as the local trains have not been resumed. But people will have to suffer a little more. If we are able to vaccinate 50% of the population then we can resume the local train services,” she said.
 
Mamata further added that the State government was being cautious given the possibilities of the third wave, which according to experts may impact the health of children. Meanwhile, at least six people died of COVID in Bengal on Wednesday, taking the toll to 18,258, while 700 fresh cases pushed the tally to 15,35,699, a notification issued by the health department read.

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