PM for imposing stricter lockdown in border districts:Health Minister

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Cabinet Division is working in this regard

The government is planning to enforce a stricter lockdown in the border districts soon after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed concerns over the spike in Covid-19 infections during a cabinet meeting on Monday.

“Coronavirus transmission has intensified in the border districts which is a matter of concern for us. The prime minister has instructed the [authorities concerned] to put the districts under tougher lockdown at the earliest,” Health Minister Zahid Maleque told media after the meeting on Monday.

Some 15 border districts saw a significant rise in Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks, with Chapainawabganj alone registering several cases of the fast-spreading and deadlier Indian variant of coronavirus.

The government on Sunday extended the countrywide lockdown till June 6.

The Cabinet Division, he said, was working in this regard.

“But since it is the peak season of mangoes in the districts, we’re analyzing when to impose the restrictions,” he said.

On a separate note, he said that Bangladesh would receive 15 million vials of the Chinese Covid-19 vaccine in phases.

“Five million vials will arrive in a month. The students of both public and private medical colleges and universities will get the jabs first, following which the universities will be reopened,” the minister said.

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