As COVID-19 cases and deaths increased across Bangladesh, the government decided to enforce a week-long nationwide lockdown beginning Monday. According to the Dhaka Tribune, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader made the announcement at a press conference in Dhaka on Saturday.
Bangladesh reported 6,830 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number in a single day, bringing the total number of infections to 624,594. According to government reports, the death toll increased by 50 in 24 hours to 9,155.
As coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise across the country, the government has decided to impose a seven-day lockdown beginning Monday, according to Quader, who is also the general secretary of the ruling Awami League. The order does not, however, extend to utility or emergency services. Factories will stay open, and staff will be able to work shifts as long as they meet hygiene guidelines, according to the paper.
The Dhaka Tribune quoted State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain as saying that while all offices and courts will be closed during the lockout, factories, and mills will work on a rotating basis. When asked why factories will not be shut down, the minister responded, “If we close the mills, the employees will have to leave their workstations and go home.”
Bangladesh recorded a huge rise in new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with 5,358 infections, the largest single-day increase since the pandemic began in the country in March last year, according to the study. The Prime Minister’s Office released an 18-point order on Monday, which included a ban on all public gatherings in areas with high infection rates.
It requested that all forms of meetings, including social, political, and religious activities, be limited in a gazette notice. It also stated that buses would not be permitted to accommodate more than half of their seating capacity and would be required to adhere to the COVID-19 safety guidelines.