West Bengal issues new guidelines for marriages, fairs. Kovid restrictions extended till 31 January

New Delhi: Relaxing the COVID-19 guidelines in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) government on Saturday allowed wedding functions with a maximum seating capacity of 200 people at a time or 50 per cent of the hall/venue. Granted, whatever. is less.

The state government has allowed fairs in open spaces in a very restricted manner following all the COVID-19 protocols.

The state government said that the restrictions, relaxation measures and advisories already under the Disaster Management Act read with the West Bengal Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations 2020 have been extended till January 31, 2022, reported ANI.

This comes after the West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) deferred elections to four municipal corporations – Asansol, Siliguri, Chandannagar and Bidhannagar – till February 12 in view of the Covid-19 situation in the state.

The elections to these four municipal corporations were to be held on January 22.

Earlier on Friday, the state recorded 22,645 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to over 18 lakh.

Twenty-eight more Covid-related deaths were reported in West Bengal – the highest since the third wave of the pandemic in December last year – with the toll climbing to 20,013, the bulletin said.

PTI reported that out of 28 deaths, eight were in North 24 Parganas.

Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, recorded 6,867 new cases in the last 24 hours, while 4,018 cases were reported from North Parganas.

According to the state health department, the positivity rate came down to 31.14 per cent, while the death rate stood at 1.07 per cent.

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