Lockdown extended for another week

Staff Correspondent

27 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has extend the ongoing nationwide ‘lockdown’ for another week to contain the ongoing surge in coronavirus outbreak.

The ‘casual’ lockdown will remain in force till May 5 to discourage people not to go out without any emergency.

“The government has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown for a week to go by the advice of the public health experts and considering the ongoing coronavirus situation in Bangladesh and the world,” Farhad Hossain, State Minister for Public Administration, said on Monday.

“A gazette notification will be issued on Tuesday in this regard,” he informed.

Although another spell of lockdown is going to be imposed from April 29, the government is allowing shops and shopping malls to operate from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on the condition that they maintain proper safety protocols.

Health guidelines have widely been ignored during the ‘casual’ lockdown over the past few days. Now with the Eid approaching, people are already thronging markets and shopping malls for Eid shopping in the capital and elsewhere in the country.

The government has decided to allow the opening of shops and shopping mall from Sunday as the shopkeepers and traders waged street protests demanding the reopening of businesses.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader hinted at relaxing restrictions on public transport movement before Eid. However, Bangladesh Railway has decided to suspend passengers train services until May 5.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 97 more died of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, raising the death toll to 11,150. Some 3,306 cases were reported in the last 24 hours till Monday, raising the total number of covid-19 cases in the country to 748,628.

On Sunday, the government closed the border with India for 14 days, starting from Monday, as the coronavirus situation has taken a dangerous turn in the neighbouring country.

Earlier, the government imposed an apparently loose nationwide lockdown for one week from April 5 to April 11 as Covid-19 cases continued to rise alarmingly from late March.

But the government allowed the resumption of public transport services in city corporation areas from April 7 as well as reopening shops and shopping malls for five days from April 9. The government later extended the  lockdown by another two days till April 13. As per the suggestion of the health expert, the government has compelled to enforce stricter lockdown from April 14 to April 22.

Another gazette notification was issued to extend the ongoing lockdown by one week till April 28.