Amid the continuing spate of record daily deaths due to COVID 19, the government of Bangladesh has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown for one more week. State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said in Dhaka on Monday that the lockdown will remain in force from April 22 to 28 with the same restrictions imposed as in the previous week. He announced that it will be a stricter one. The notification will be issued after the decision is approved by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Bangladesh announced its first phase of lockdown on April 5 which lasted till April 13. In the second week of the hard lockdown starting from April 14, all public offices, shops, malls, public transport except those engaged in emergency and essential services were suspended. The current lockdown is set to come to an end on April 21.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) issued a notification on Monday extending the suspension of the international flights till April 28. Earlier, the international flights were suspended till April 21. However, special flights to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Singapore will continue for the benefit of the expatriate workers who are stranded in the country to return to their workplaces.
In the meanwhile, Bangladesh reported the fourth consecutive day of record number of COVID 19 deaths in the country. According to the latest figures released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 112 people died on Monday taking the death toll to 10,497. It is the highest single day death toll in the country since the Corona pandemic hit Bangladesh in March last year. 4271 new coronavirus cases were reported in the country during the same period taking the total number of people infected with the virus to over 7.23 lakh. The positivity rate of the samples remained high at 17.68, though marking a decline from the high level of 23.36 percent on 16 April.