Lockdown 5.0 in West Bengal: First State to Announce Opening of All Religious Places. West Bengal became the first state to announce that all religious places will open from June 1. As India is now entering the 5th phase of its lockdown, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave the announcement. However, not more than 10 people will be allowed inside and no religious congregation will be allowed.
Lockdown 5.0 in West Bengal: First State to Announce Opening of All Religious Places
Also from June 8, the state government is planning on opening, public and private sectors in the state with 100 per cent strength.
“West Bengal was successful in controlling COVID-19 spread in the last two months; cases increasing now as people coming from outside,” CM Mamata Banerjee said.
West Bengal has been at many controversies since the outbreak of the pandemic.
On Thursday, West Bengal recorded the biggest single-day spike in corona cases. West Bengal has so far recorded 223 COVID-19 deaths including six new cases in the last 24 hours, while 90 patients were also discharged from hospitals. The state also tested 9256 samples in 24 hours with total tests done are 1,66,513.
During the initial phases of lockdown, the state created a stir after it allowed sweet shops to function for restricted hours in the state. Then, there were allegations that the state was underreporting its cases
Union home minister Amit Shah spoke to all chief ministers over the telephone and sought their view on the extension of the lockdown. Most of the CMs are in favour of an extension.
Shah met PM Modi on Friday and conveyed the states’ views to him. A general guideline of lockdown 5.0 is expected by May 30, while the states will be given a choice to decide whether they want to open or not, according to their ground situation, requirement and sentiment.