Lockdown extended until Jun 6

Staff Correspondent

31 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has further extended the ongoing countrywide lockdown for a week until June 6 to prevent the surge of coronavirus in the country.

The Cabinet Division issued a circular on Sunday, asking the authorities concerned to take necessary measures in this regard.

“Lockdown has been extended by a week as the situation is yet to become normal. The ongoing restriction has been extended at the suggestion of the national technical committee,” State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said.

“Although the rates of deaths and infections decreased, but it is not satisfactory. Now the infections rate is around 8-9 per cent, but the ongoing restrictions will continue to impose until the rate comes under 5 per cent,” he said.

As the coronavirus situation is still vulnerable in India, Bangladesh has decided to extend closure of the border with the neighbouring country until June 14. Bangladesh closed the border with Indian on April 26.

Earlier on May 23, the government of Bangladesh has extended the ongoing lockdown until May 30.

Long-distance buses, trains and launches services resumed across the country on May 24, maintaining health safety guidelines and carrying half passengers.

But the health guidelines and carrying of half passengers are largely ignored in public transport.

Amid the fresh surge of the pandemic, the government suspended the operations of public transport on April 5.

Besides, restaurants are also allowed to serve food, keeping half of their seats vacant.

According to the restrictions, government and private offices remain closed, while shopping malls and shops can be kept open from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

Earlier, the government extended lockdown until May 23 for a week from May 16, keeping all the departments and orgnaisations involved in the collection of government revenue out of the purview of lockdown.

Last May 8, the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed the detection of the Indian strain, which was classified by the World Health Organization as a "variant of global concern", in Bangladesh.

Earlier, the government on May 5 extended the lockdown for 11 more days until May 16, allowing intra-district transport services.

Due to a rise in coronavirus cases from mid-March, the government imposed an apparently-lax nationwide lockdown for one week from April 5.

But the government allowed the resumption of public transport services in city corporation areas from April 7 as well as reopening of shops and markets for five days from April 9 in the face of protests against the lockdown.