As Covid situation improves in West Bengal, Mamata eases restrictions – The New Indian Express
KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that as the number of active Covid-19 cases declined in the state, her government relaxed some restrictions allowing retail stores to open , including book displays from noon to 3 p.m. and construction activities after vaccinating workers.
Banerjee said operations in the information technology and ITES services sector will also be licensed with 10 percent of the total workforce to allow for backend and maintenance work between noon and 3 p.m.
“Construction activities and operations in industries and manufacturing units will be permitted with on-site personnel once workers have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
Employers must give prior notice to the district magistrates concerned regarding compliance with the vaccination status of staff and workers, ”she said, reading a decree.
The state government imposed various restrictions for 15 days from May 16, then extended it until June 15 to combat an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.
“The active cases of Covid-19 have fallen to 1.09,806. The daily positivity rate has also fallen to 18-19% from 33%,” she said, adding that in the first wave, he was 117.45%.
The exit rate also improved to 91%, she said.
The chief minister said at least 1.41 crore of Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered and 40 lakh people had received both doses.
She said the state government had started buying vaccines on its own and had already spent Rs 114 crore on it.
“We also started buying vaccines on our own. In May we bought 18 lakh vaccines and in June we will buy another 22, ”she said.
Meanwhile, the Publishers and Booksellers Guild welcomed the state government’s decision to allow bookstores to open shutters from noon to 3 p.m.
“We urged the chief minister to allow bookstores to open for the benefit of readers, writers, publishers and booksellers.
We are happy that she answered our call, ”said Guild President Tridib Chatterjee.
Real estate sector body CREDAI also welcomed the decision to allow construction activities, saying real estate farms would vaccinate workers.