Amid the rising trend of Covid-19 infection, movement of private cars, micro buses, CNG-run auto-rickshaws and motor bikes increased on most of the streets in the capital on Thursday, the ninth day of the countrywide strict lockdown.
People are also rushing towards the city streets and kitchen markets ignoring the health guidelines.Many rickshaws hit the streets on Thursday. Some rickshaws were also seen overturned at different parts of the capital, including Khilgaon, Kakrail and Nightingale Restaurant intersections, on Thursday noon.
All types of vehicles are banned during the lockdown, said a policeman at the Kakrail intersection. The rickshaw drivers are being punished for breaking the law.
People who have obtained their movement passes are allowed to commute in their vehicles while those in essential services are exempted from the restrictions, as per the government directives.
On Thursday, rickshaws in large number were, however, seen plying many roads in the capital, including Mirpur Road, Banani, Rampura, Badda and Mohakhali areas.
The garment factory workers have been allowed to join their workplaces as the government has kept the export-oriented industries open during the lockdown.
As per the government directives, shops and shopping malls, however, remained closed.Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members were seen monitoring the movement of vehicles and people after setting up check-posts in different areas of the capital.
A policeman said, “The movement of private vehicles and rickshaws has increased in the last few days but we are allowing only those with movement passes to commute."
"Those in emergency services are allowed to move freely," he added.
The operations of international special flights and banking activities will continue while other restrictions will remain in force till April 28 midnight.
"The lockdown will remain in force from April 22 to 28 with the same restrictions imposed in the previous week. It’ll be a tougher one,” State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said on April 19.
As coronavirus cases continued to rise alarmingly since mid-March, the government imposed an apparently loose nationwide lockdown for one week from April 5 as part of its move to contain the spread of the virus. Later, the stricter lockdown was declared, from April 14, as the situation did not improve.