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Lockdown extended for 5 days

90pc hospital beds occupied: Minister

  • Special Correspondent
  • 4 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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The government has extended the ongoing lockdown by five days until August 10 to contain the surge of coronavirus in the country.

The government has taken a decision to allow shopping malls and markets to open and public transport to run on a limited scale from August 11.

Considering the current Covid-19 situation in the country, the government has taken such a decision, Minister for Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque told reporters after a high-level meeting at the Secretariat on Tuesday.

Public transport can ply the roads by rotation, he said, adding that the respective ministry and department will take necessary action in this regard.

“All markets and shops will reopen from August 11,” the minister said, adding that the government will speed up the Covid-19 vaccination drive next week. No one would be allowed to join work without corona vaccine, he said.

“The health ministry will administer the vaccine to over 10 million people in the coming week,” he said.

“Each ward will have at least two vaccination centres. We hope that no one will have to struggle to get the vaccine.”

“Vaccines will be administered at nearly 14,000 centres throughout the week. The elderly will be prioritised. Working people, store workers and bus helpers will be given vaccines as well. No one will be allowed to go to their workplaces without taking corona vaccines.

Bangladesh is currently facing the worst wave of the coronavirus pandemic since it began in 2020. The new Delta variant of the virus is driving new cases and deaths on a regular basis.

To curb the spread of the disease, a nationwide lockdown was imposed from July 1, but it was eased for nine days on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

The lockdown was re-imposed on July 23 after the Eid holidays. Since then, there have been new records for cases and deaths.

Meanwhile, presence of people and vehicles on the streets increased on Tuesday, the 12th day of the 14-day strict lockdown.

Most people are not adhering to any restrictions or hygiene rules, with many leaving their houses without wearing facemasks.

Moreover, police check points have apparently become very relaxed as people were not being questioned for being outside amid the lockdown.

A large number of people were seen in Khilgaon area of Dhaka on Tuesday morning, who were commuting to work using different means of transportation due to the suspension of public transport services.

Several check-points in the area were left unattended, while police were seen playing the role of silent spectators at another, allowing unchecked movement.

Similar scenes were also witnessed in the capital’s Rajarbagh, Fakirapul, Arambagh, Basabo, Jatrabari, Sayedabad, Paltan, Kakrail, Dainik Bangla Mor, Banglamotor, Matsya Bhaban, Shahbagh, Karwan Bazar, Panthapath and Dhanmondi areas.