Responding to the sharply rising COVID 19 infection in the country, the government of Bangladesh has announced that a strict lockdown will be imposed in the country from Monday.
According to the official press release issued late on Friday, all government and private offices will remain closed during the lockdown. No vehicles will be allowed to operate except for emergency and medical services.
Movement of people out of their home without urgent reason will be restricted but it will not be applicable for people working in media organisations.The release said that the detailed circular will be issued by the cabinet division on Saturday.
Bangladesh has been witnessing a sharp rise in COVID cases in recent weeks. On Friday, the country reported 108 COVID 19 deaths which is the second highest number of deaths in a single day since the virus was first detected in March last year.
The WHO in its report for the week of June 14-20 had pointed out that almost 2/3 of all the districts in Bangladesh had sample positivity rate of over 10 percent which is considered a very high risk level.The national COVID 19 advisory committee had also recommended countrywide strict lockdown for two weeks to contain the spread of infection in the country.
By Rajesh Jha