The Bangladesh government has started enforcing a seven-day nationwide lockdown on Monday in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus as COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to surge across the South Asian country.
“As the coronavirus situation is worsening to an alarming proportion, the government is going to enforce a nationwide lockdown from Monday,” Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader said in a media briefing on Saturday.
The government also decided to suspend all domestic flights, river transport and railway operations in the country starting on Monday.
Authorities declared that flights coming from all European countries – except Britain – and 12 other countries would be banned during the next three weeks.
Health officials in Bangladesh expressed their mounting concerns regarding the overwhelming pressure that they have been facing due to COVID-19, as they fear that the pandemic might completely exhaust the country’s already strained healthcare system.
On Sunday, Bangladesh posted 7,087 new cases overnight, raising the total infection toll to approximately 640,000, including 9,266 deaths. This is the third-highest data in terms of both fatality and infection that the country has ever recorded since the World Health Organization characterized coronavirus as a pandemic in March 2020.
In a separate press release, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said that only kitchen markets, industrial units, as well as emergency services would remain operating throughout the week.
However, they must strictly adhere to the enforced health guidelines while operating.
“Every office and court will be closed during this lockdown but industries and mills will continue their operation on rotation,” Hossain said in his statement.
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