Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed has warned people not to roam outside unnecessarily from Wednesday as the country will go into stricter lockdown to curb the transmission of coronavirus.
He said: “We don’t want to see anyone on the streets unnecessarily, and we don’t want to put any pressure.”
The police chief made the statement at the launching event of movement pass app in Dhaka’s Rajarbagh Police Lines on Tuesday.
The IGP said: “We’ve to control the second wave of Covid-19 as we did last year, and for this we’ve to refrain from unnecessary movement. Last year, several thousand people had left Dhaka and now many people are leaving it for the last two days, which is unwise.”
Benazir also urged people living in villages to stay home for the next seven days and follow the government’s directives to stem the spread of Covid-19, reports UNB.
Mentioning that personal awareness is the key, he said: “We must wear masks. Moreover, hygiene rules must be followed. Maintain physical distance, wash hands. We have to follow these rules sincerely.”
Police headquarters sources said they were seeing a rush for pass applications since the inauguration.
“Already, 5,000 applications for movement pass have been submitted in just one hour and if anyone wants to go outside Dhaka, he or she will require to have the pass,” the police chief added.
There is no scope to allow more than one pass for one person.
According to the Police Headquarters, movement pass will be required to go out during lockdown in the case of emergency or official work such as getting Covid-19 vaccine jab, shopping from grocery shops, kitchen markets and medicine shops; having medical services, joining agricultural works, goods transportation, supply, relief materials supply, burial or cremation activities and other things under other categories.
People can apply for a pass through movementpass.police.gov.bd.
The government is going to enforce a nationwide strict lockdown from Wednesday as the coronavirus situation is getting worse day by day.
On Monday, Bangladesh saw the highest number of daily deaths of 83 from Covid-19.