KOLKATA: Bengal chief minister

Mamata Banerjee

on Wednesday extended the

lockdown

in the state for a month, till July 31, following an all-party meeting called here to deliberate on the spread of the

Covid pandemic

. The current lockdown was to end on June 30. Suburban train and

metro services

will remain suspended during the extended lockdown.

Mamata also announced that private hospitals will be instructed to standardise fees and charges for Covid patients amid concern over the high cost of treatment.

“The government had issued guidelines to private hospitals earlier. They haven’t complied with it. I would ask the chief secretary and the health department to issue fresh instructions asking private hospitals to standardise fees/charges for Covid treatment. I have reports that people are paying through the nose. This is the time to give service to people,” Mamata said.

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