The first phase of the ongoing COVID lock-down in Bangladesh will be extended for two more days till 13 April. The first phase of the weeklong lock-down which started on 5th April was set to end on Sunday midnight.
The Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader told the media in Dhaka on Sunday that the ongoing restrictions including those on inter-district public transport will continue. However, the buses will be allowed to operate within the city limits.
The hard lock-down is set to start from Wednesday, April 14 for one week. The State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain had announced on Friday that the ‘hard lock-down’ will be implemented in the country during which all government and private offices and factories will remain closed in order to control the spread of the Coronavirus. Vehicles will not operate during the lock-down and people will be allowed to come out of their homes only in case of emergency. The decision has been taken as per the advice of the experts.
Meanwhile, Saturday reported the largest number of COVID 19 deaths in Bangladesh when 77 people died in a single day taking the death toll in the country to 9661. The sample positivity rate also remained high at 20.49 percent, though it marked a decline from over 23 percent reported a few days earlier.