Sunday, December 5, 2021

Roads deserted, shops closed as Bangladesh shuts down to fight COVID pandemic

Capital city Dhaka wore a deserted look on Thursday as the country launched its week-long strict lockdown to face the sharply rising COVID 19 pandemic in Bangladesh.


On the first day of the lockdown, roads were empty and most of the shops except those for daily provisions and medicine were closed. The effective implementation of the lockdown was visible on the main roads of the city as well as in the interior streets and residential areas. Very few vehicles were seen on the roads but rickshaws took care of the people who needed to go out for essential items or for unavoidable reasons.

Armed forces, police and Rapid Action Battalion(RAB) were maintaining a close vigil in the otherwise busy areas of the city to enforce the lockdown. Police have set up barricades at important intersections in the city. Violators of the lockdown in Dhaka were detained by the police and cases filed for violating the traffic restrictions during lockdown.

Reports from other parts of the country also indicate a largely successful lockdown. Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB), RAB and Army have been deployed to ensure lock down in Pabna district. Most of the shops in Pabna town were closed and very few vehicles were seen on the road. In Patuakhali district police patrolled the roads. Most of the city was closed in observance of the lockdown.

In Bhola, the district administration fined several people for violating the lockdown provisions. Mobile courts are working in the district to ensure a strict observance of the lockdown. Police and RAB are patrolling the city to ensure the implementation of the lockdown. Other parts of the country like Narayanganj, Jessore, Barisal etc also lockdown is being effectively implemented by the local administration with support from armed forces and police.

The Government of Bangladesh announced a weeklong strict lockdown between July 1-7 as the coronavirus cases mounted in the country. On Wednesday, the sample positivity rate crossed 25 percent even as the number of new infections in a day reached  the record level of 8822 in the country.

By Rajesh Jha

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