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DGHS recommends continuation of lockdown for another 10 days

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  • 31 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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DGHS recommends continuation of lockdown for another 10 days

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The Directorate General of Health Service (DGHS) has suggested that the government should continue the ongoing countrywide lockdown considering the worsening Covid-19 situation.

“If the coronavirus infection continues to rise, then it will be very difficult to check the situation. There is no doubt that the situation will be worst. Considering these, we are recommending increasing the time of restrictions,” Prof Dr ABM Khurshid Alam, director general of the DGHS, told reporters on Friday.

Mentioning that they have suggested extending the lockdown for 10 more days, he said if the government reopens everything, the infection will definitely rise. “If the infection increases, we will not be able to accommodate patients in hospitals," he added. The DGHS chief, however, said there will be no problem with vaccination drives across the country amid the lockdown.

He further said except for emergency services, everything should be curtailed and monitored, as reopening of offices and businesses now will likely to drive up the Covid-19 infections.

About vaccination against Covid-19, Khurshid Alam said there is a plan to inoculate one crore people in the country every month. “However, everything of the plan is depending on availability of vaccines.”

Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque may hold a press briefing on August 6 to brief in detail about the mass vaccination campaign, the ministry sources said.

The health minister may also hold virtual meetings with the upazila chairman and local representatives about the countrywide vaccination campaign that is scheduled to start on August 7, the sources added.

There might be problems in vaccination with NID at village level, the DGHS chief said, adding that there could be some chaos regarding this. "We have sought the cooperation of the local government, home ministry and public representatives," he added.