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‘Govt to re-enforce lockdown if corona situation worsens’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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The government may re-enforce lockdown if the country’s coronavirus situation deteriorates further.

“There is no alternative to lockdown to contain the spread of the virus. Restrictions will be enforced again if the situation deteriorated in the country,” said State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain.

The public administration minister hinted at imposing the lockdown while talking to reporters on Thursday at his Secretariat office in the capital.

Farhad came up with the remark as the government lifted the countrywide lockdown from August 11 keeping off the tourist spots and other recreation centres and allowing public transport to run its operation with half of the total number of vehicles.

Besides, the government would lift all restrictions on public transport and others from August 19 except educational institutions.

Mentioning that the restrictions to curb the deadly bug would be lifted in phases, Farhad said they were considering two strategies, including imposing of shutdown and resuming everything but all has to wear facemasks.

“Countries around the world have imposed lockdown when coronavirus situations deteriorated. Australia has deployed troops and even imposed a curfew. The US also did the same. Because there is no alternative to it,” he said.

Tourist spots, resorts as well as recreation centres have been allowed to reopen with 50 percent capacity from August 19 as a continuation of easing the pandemic curbs, Farhad said, adding that all public transport by road, rail, and rivers will also resume operation at its full capacity from the same day following the health safety rules.

Farhad said people must remember that failing to follow the health safety rules will only make the situation worse, especially for those who have co-morbidities.

Mentioning that the Covid-19 restrictions were in place for quite some time, the state minister said, “We had to reopen the economy due to the needs and livelihoods of the people although the current pandemic situation is not satisfactory.”

Talking over relaxing age limit for government job, Farhad said a proposal has been sent to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to give 21-month age exemption for government job seekers.

He said that those who turned 30 as of March 25 last year, they will be able to apply for government jobs till December 30, next year.