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West Bengal to reopen schools for classes 8 to 12; offline classes in colleges from 3 Feb

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  • 31st January, 2022 07:57:18 PM
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West Bengal to reopen schools for classes 8 to 12; offline classes in colleges from 3 Feb

West Bengal Chief Minister of India Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the schools for classes 8 to 12 will reopen from 3 February as the Covid-19 pandemic situation has improved in the state.

Colleges and universities will also restart their offline classes from Thursday, CM Banerjee has said.

Addressing a press conference today, the West Bengal CM said colleges, universities and polytechnic institutes will also reopen on that day.

"We will decide on reopening primary schools later," she said.

Banerjee said the Covid-19 situation in the state has improved a lot, because of which certain relaxations are being given.

Relaxation in Covid curbs, night curfew timings changed

The West Bengal government has also announced relaxation in Covid-19 restrictions in the state. Now, the night curfew will be in force across the state between 11 pm to 5 am instead of earlier 10 pm to 5 am.

Restaurants, bars, and cinema halls will operate at 75% capacity. Parks and tourist places will also reopen with Covid safety protocols, the Bengal CM has said.

The state government has also said that Mumbai to Kolkata and Delhi to Kolkata flights will operate daily. The UK-Kolkata flights will resume normal operations subject to the RT-PCR test report to be carried by passengers.

West Bengal Covid update

Meanwhile, West Bengal's Covid-19 caseload increased to 19,93,606 on Sunday after 3,427 more people tested positive for the virus, 85 less than the previous day's figure, the health department said in a bulletin.

The state recorded 33 fresh coronavirus fatalities which pushed the death toll to 20,583.

On Saturday, the number of new cases and deaths were 3,512 and 35 respectively.

Of the fresh fatalities, eight were recorded from Kolkata, followed by six in North 24 Parganas, five in Howrah and four in Hooghly districts, the bulletin said.

It said 521 new Covid infections were reported from Kolkata and 373 from North 24 Parganas districts.

The number of active cases was 31,562 down by 6,356 from the previous day.

The positivity rate went up to 6 per cent, from 5.65 per cent 24 hours back.

The state tested 57,085 samples for coronavirus taking the total number of such clinical examinations to 2.32 crore.

Altogether 9,750 patients were discharged from health facilities during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 19,41,461.

The recovery rate among coronavirus patients is 97.38 per cent and the fatality rate is 1.03 per cent, the bulletin said.

Source: Mint.com