New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: West Bengal on Wednesday extended the lockdown in the state till July 31 amid the continuous spike in coronavirus cases. The state government said that the extended lockdown will come with more relaxations.

"Except for the dates of pending higher secondary exams and the other board exams which our education department will decide, we are planning to extend lockdown in the state with the necessary relaxations," Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was quoted by News18 as saying. 

Banerjee, after attending an all-party meeting held at an auditorium adjacent to the state secretariat, said though there were differences of opinion among the leaders, it was finally decided to extend the curbs till the end of July with relaxations. 

No train and metro service will not resume during the period. Also, schools, colleges and other educational institutions will continue to remain closed. 

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Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced extension of lockdown in the state will June 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

However, shopping malls, restaurants and other establishments were allowed to open as the state government allowed relaxations as part of the "Unlock-1", the first phase of a calibrated exit from the coronavirus-induced lockdown across the country. 

The Mamata Banerjee-led government had already eased curbs in the state from June 1, allowing places of worship to reopen and full operationalisation of the jute, tea and construction sectors.

The current phase of lockdown in West Bengal is ending on June 30 - the same day the fifth phase of nationwide lockdown, known as Lockdown 5.0, ends. 

West Bengal has so far recorded over 14,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 580 deaths reported till Wednesday. 

The fifth of lockdown announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs was focused with restrictions only in containment zones. Alongside Lockdown 5.0, the first stage of three-phased of lockdown exit plan also came into force, allowing reopening of shopping malls, markets, religious places and uniterupted intra- and inter-state travel. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta