Eastern Times Correspondent, Dhaka, 3 April: As Covid-19 situation has taken a very dangerous turn here, Bangladesh government has imposed a 7-day countrywide lockdown, starting from Monday, primarily to stop the spread of the dreaded virus.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader informed it to media.
“The factories and industrial areas will remain open during the lockdown with limited workers in different shifts maintaining hygiene rules,” State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told The Business Standard.
Emergency services will remain out of the lockdown purview, he added.
Besides, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Shafiqul Islam said police will get stricter with its enforcement of the new nationwide lockdown. None will be allowed to breach lockdown and hygiene rules.
Earlier on March 25 last year, the government initially declared a 10-day shutdown. It was extended several times further to keep the virus under control. Later the lockdown was relaxed after June as the number of cases and deaths from the virus went down.
The number of daily infections and deaths from the virus has suddenly taken a steep sweep upwards over the past several days. The numbers are reaching new highs every day.
The current rising trend in daily infections and deaths is faster compared to even that recorded in June-July last year when the first wave of the pandemic reached its peak in the country.
Experts say this time the infection situation is very grave. If strict steps are not taken to control the spread, infections and fatalities will rise further, they warn.
Bangladesh reported record 6,830 new cases in the past 24 hours till Friday at 8am, with an alarming 23.28% single-day infection rate. The tally has reached 6,24,594 in the country.
The country also saw 50 new fatalities in the past 24 hours, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The death toll now stands at 9,155, with a 1.47% fatality rate.