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Bangladesh imposes 7-day nationwide lockdown amidst spike in Covid-19 cases

Bangladesh on Monday clamped a week-long nationwide lockdown, suspending public transport and shutting markets to fight the surge in coronavirus circumstances within the nation, amidst demonstrations by small enterprise homeowners in opposition to the transfer.

Based on a authorities round issued on Sunday, the directives will stay in impact from 6 am of April 5 until 12 midnight of April 11, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

Folks have been requested to not transfer out from their houses from 6 pm to six am, the report mentioned.

The choice was taken in gentle of the present state of affairs within the nation the place the speed of infections and deaths have elevated in current weeks. The federal government has mentioned that they’re rising the variety of Covid-designated hospitals and ICU beds to take care of the rising variety of sufferers, it mentioned.

Bangladesh has registered 7,087 recent Covid-19 circumstances, taking the tally to six,37,364, within the final 24 hours till Sunday which is the very best variety of infections for the reason that begin of the pandemic, the United News of Bangladesh reported.

Apart from, the deaths on account of coronavirus rose to 9,266 with 53 news fatalities throughout this era. The mortality charge fell to 1.45 on Sunday from Saturday’s 1.46 per cent.

All public transport providers (roads, river, railway and home flights) had been suspended and solely emergency providers remained operational.

Nonetheless, all authorities/non-government/autonomous workplaces, courts and personal workplaces will have the ability to facilitate the commute of their staff to work utilizing their very own transport on a restricted scale.

1000’s of individuals left Dhaka on Sunday fearing getting trapped through the lockdown. Most people who left had been unemployed or in poverty.

Many store homeowners and staff have, nevertheless, taken to the streets protesting the federal government’s resolution to close down all procuring malls and markets through the weeklong lockdown, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

A number of hundred merchants staged their demonstrations in Dhaka’s New Market space blocking the highway.

This the second time lockdown has been imposed in Bangladesh. The nation earlier imposed a 66-day lockdown from March 26 to Might 30 final yr when a nationwide vacation was additionally enforced.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged individuals to assist curb the unfold of the virus in a speech in Parliament.

“I do know everybody will face difficulties. Regardless of this, I say lives must be given choice over all the things,” Hasina mentioned Sunday.

Hasina has sought everybody’s cooperation to fight the continued second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Bangladesh.

Talking on the brand new pressure of coronavirus within the nation, the premier mentioned: “The harm accomplished by the brand new virus variant is difficult to detect immediately. One’s situation worsens all of a sudden. For this, we’ve to watch out.”

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