‘Lockdown’ extended for a month

Staff Correspondent

17 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government on Wednesday extended the so-called countrywide lockdown for a month, reopening all the public and private offices, autonomous organisations, banks and financial institutions.

To this effect, the Cabinet Division issued a gazette notification extending the lockdown until July 15.

With the fresh notification, restrictions on almost all the organisations, except the educational institutions, will come to an end from today.

The government has reopened all the public and private offices at a time when the coronavirus situation is taking a serious turn in the country with the spread of India’s delta variant to different districts. Amid the rapid transmission of the virus, health guidelines and restrictions have been widely ignored in markets, shops, shopping malls, public transports and tourist spots across the country.

According to a press release issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 60 more people died of corona and 3,956 new cases were detected during the last 24 hours till Wednesday.

The country recorded 50 corona deaths and 3,319 cases on Tuesday, 54 deaths and 3,050 infections on Monday and 47 deaths and 2,436 infections on Sunday.

Earlier on Sunday, the government extended closure of borders with India until June 30 as the corona situation in bordering districts of the country continued to deteriorate

On June 6, the government extended lockdown for 10 days until June 16 urging the deputy commissioners of high-risk districts to take necessary measures, including lockdown in their respective areas after discussion with local representatives and the technical committees on corona.

The government also prohibited gatherings at tourist spots, resorts and community centres during the period. It has asked all not to hold any social, political and religious programmes.

Restaurants can serve food at its half capacity between 6:00am to 10:00pm and also provide takeaway and online services.

The authorities concerned will ensure that public transports, including inter-districts buses, carry passengers at half capacity by maintaining health rules.

Earlier, the government on May 30 extended ongoing countrywide lockdown for a week until June 6 while border closure with India extended until June 14.

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

While long-distance buses, trains and launches services were resumed across the country from May 24, maintaining health safety guidelines against and carrying half passengers.

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

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

Besides, the 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.

On 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.

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

Due to a rise in corona cases from mid-March, the government imposed a relaxed lockdown for one week from April 5.

But the government allowed 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.

The relaxed lockdown was extended for two more days until April 13. As per the suggestions of health experts, the government enforced a stricter lockdown from April 14 to April 22.

Later, another gazette notification was issued extending the shutdown for another week until April 28 and then until May 5.

As the coronavirus situation has taken a serious turn in India, the government closed the borders with the neighbouring country from April 26.