Decision on extension of lockdown Thursday

Special Correspondent

6 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government will decide on Thursday whether it extends the ongoing ‘lockdown’ or not after reviewing the coronavirus situation.

“Let’s see what happens in the next seven days. We’ll hold a review meeting on Thursday next to take the further decision in this regard,” Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told reporters at a briefing at the Secretariat after the weekly Cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, the government enforced a weeklong countrywide lockdown on Monday, slapping restrictions on the movement of people, public transport and other activities.

Markets, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants are also under the purview of the restrictions that will remain in force until April 11 midnight.

Talking about the rollout of second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, the

Cabinet secretary said it will start on Thursday as per the schedule. “The Prime Minister has made it clear that the rollout of the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine will begin on April 8 as per the schedule,” he said.

He said there will be no problem with the availability of the jab as Bangladesh will get the supply from India within the scheduled time.

The Cabinet cleared a proposal for providing two festival allowances (each Tk 10,000) for the gallantry award-winning freedom fighters, Tk 2,000 as Bangla New Year allowance for gallantry award-holding freedom fighters, war-wounded freedom fighters and martyred freedom fighters’ families and Tk 5,000 as Victory Day allowance for the freedom fighters who are still alive, the Cabinet secretary said.

Presently, the gallantry award-winning freedom fighters are not getting two festival, Bangla New Year and Victory Day allowances while war-wounded freedom fighters are not receiving New Year and Victory Day allowances and the martyred freedom fighter’s families are not getting the Bangla New Year allowance, he said.