West Bengal Lockdown News Update: After reviewing the coronavirus situation in the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday extened lockdown in the state till August 30, saying that the state needs to be prepared for the possible third wave of the pandemic.Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown: State Increases Containment Zones, Likely to Close Markets in Many Areas

Issuing a fresh order, the state government said that local trains will remain shut till the end of this month. Also Read - Centre Extends COVID Restrictions Till Nov 30 to Prevent Further Spread of Pandemic | Details Here

“We will run local trains as soon as we are able to complete 50% vaccinations in state. We have to remain alert for the possible 3rd wave,” Mamata Banerjee said. Also Read - Will lockdown be imposed in Karnataka Again? Covid Panel Breaks Silence l Read Here

However, the state government has relaxed the night curfew from 11 PM to 5 AM, instead of the previous 9 PM-5 AM window.

Giving further details, CM Mamata Banerjee said her state administration is aiming to accelerate Covid-19 vaccine drive in suburbs around Kolkata. She said that until 50% vaccination doesn’t happen in rural India, local trains won’t operate till then in the state.

Talking about the COVID situation in the state, Mamata Banerjee informed that the COVID cases have come down and the state is reporting 600-800 new cases each day. She also added that the bed occupancy is close to 3%.

“West Bengal has reported minimum wastage of vaccines. We are topping the states in the country in vaccination,” she added.

In terms of coronavirus, over 6 people died of COVID-19 in West Bengal on Wednesday, taking the toll to 18,258, while 700 fresh cases pushed the tally to 15,35,699. The city and its neighbouring South 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly districts reported no coronavirus deaths while North 24 Parganas accounted for one fatality.

In the last 24 hours, 746 people recuperated from the disease, taking the total number of recovered persons to 15, 07, 278, the bulletin said. The state has thus far tested 1,62,09,825 samples for COVID-19, including 47,011 since Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the health department directed the Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, and Purba Medinipur district administrations to remain alert in the wake of its survey which found a rising number of coronavirus cases in the three districts and a probability of a surge in infections in the coming weeks.