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    Bangladesh to enter strict lockdown from Monday for seven days

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    All offices will remained closed; citizens asked not to leave their homes

    Amid the dramatic surge in coronavirus infections, Bangladesh is going into a nationwide hard lockdown from Monday (June 28) for seven days.

    In a notification on Friday, the Information Ministry said that all government and private offices, except for emergency services will remain closed during the lockdown.

    All transports, except emergency goods vehicles, will be barred. Ambulances and vehicles engaged in health work and media will be exempt from the lockdown restrictions

    Citizens are asked to not leave their homes unless it was an emergency.

    The Cabinet Division will issued a detailed notification on Saturday, reads the notice by the ministry’s Press Information Department.

    The announcement comes after the national Covid-19 advisory panel recommended on Thursday imposing a nationwide shutdown for two weeks, with all kinds of offices remaining closed.
    Soon after, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told the media that they were all set to impose a complete shutdown “any time”.

    As Covid-19 cases kept growing at an alarming rate since mid-March this year, the government was forced to impose a nationwide lockdown for one week from April 5 to contain the spread.

    Later, a stricter set of restrictions on public movement and gathering were extended several times – including the latest one till July 15 – considering the situation.

    Additionally, the authorities across the country has been imposing district-wise restriction on public movement in areas with higher Covid-19 infections till now.

    But now, with the fresh directive, a strict lockdown will take place across the nation.

    On Friday, the death toll from Covid-19 rose by 108, the second highest single-day jump since the pandemic unfolded last year.

    The caseload surged by 5,869 to 878,804, according to the latest government data. The daily infection rate rose to 21.22%, up from 15% a week ago.

    Amid the dramatic surge in infections, public experts fear that the pandemic in Bangladesh could take a catastrophic turn.

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