Bengal allows schools, colleges, varsities to reopen from February 3
The West Bengal government allowed schools to reopen for classes 8 to 12 from February 3 as the pandemic situation improved in the state.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee 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.
Work force can be increased from 50 per cent to 75 per cent in private offices, CM Mamata Banerjee said, adding that the state's daily tally of new cases of infection is declining.
She also announced that restaurants, bars and cinema halls can now operate at 75 per cent capacity compared to the earlier 50 per cent. The same applies to sports arenas, which can now operate at 75 per cent seating capacity.
Flights from Bombay and Delhi will operate on a daily basis starting today, the West Bengal Chief Minister said.
As per the state health department's most recent Covid-19 bulleting, Bengal has 31,562 active cases of infection. The recovery rate for novel coronavirus patients in the state stands at 97.38 per cent, while the fatality rate is 1.03 per cent.
At least 6.89 crore individuals in the state of West Bengal have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. This includes 5.02 crore beneficiaries who have been administered both doses.