Govt to ease restrictions for 8 days

Staff Correspondent

13 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government is going to ease the ongoing restrictions from Thursday for eight days, taking into consideration the interests of cattle traders and shopping mall owners ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.

For these reasons, restrictions on public transports and shopping malls will be lifted from July 15 to July 22 but another spell of strict lockdown will be imposed from July 23 to contain recent surge of coronavirus deaths and infections. In this regard, a gazette notification will be published today.

The government is easing the lockdown at a time when country’s coronavirus situation is continuing to worsen. On Monday, 220 people died from Covid-19 while 13,768 cases of new infections were detected.

The Press Information Department (PID) in a handout said the ongoing restrictions will be lifted from July 15 to July 22. “Another spell of strict lockdown will be imposed from July 23 and a gazette notification will be published on Tuesday,” it said.

Earlier, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters that the government is planning to ease restrictions considering the matter of the cattle traders and shopping mall owners.

The ongoing lockdown is going to expire on July 14 midnight.

Sources said although the government is going to relax the restrictions but the public transport, shopping outlets and sacrificial animal markets will operate in compliance with health guidelines.

Earlier, the government on July 5 extended all-out strict lockdown by seven days after first spell of strict lockdown was imposed from July 1 as the number of deaths and infections increased by leaps and bounds. Earlier on June 30, the Cabinet Division extended the lockdown from July 1 to 7 imposing 21-point restrictions, deploying members of armed forces, Bangladesh Border Guard and regular police forces in the field along with executive magistrates.

Besides, all government and non-government offices, malls, markets, public transports and all private motorised vehicles remained off while goods-laden trucks, covered vans and cargo vessels continue their operations.

Before going to strict enforcement of lockdown from July 1, the government on June 16 last extended the countrywide ‘so-called’ lockdown for a month until July 15 reopening all government and private offices, autonomous organisations, banks and financial institutions.

On June 28, the closure of the border with India was extended for another 14 days until July 14. The border was first closed on April 26 to check spread of corona transmission

On June 6, the government extended the countrywide lockdown for 10 days until June 16, saying the deputy commissioners of high-risk districts can announce lockdown in their respective areas after discussion with the local representatives and the committees concerned.

Due to a rise in coronavirus 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, which was extended until July 15 in phases.

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

Country’s educational institutions remain closed from last year and it will remain close until July 31.