Update: June 26, 2021, 6:59 AM STI
Dhaka [Bangladesh], June 26 (ANI): Amid a dramatic rise in COVID-19 infections, Bangladesh will enter a nationwide ‘strict lockdown’ from Monday for seven days in a bid to stem the spread cases.
In a notification on Friday, the Information Ministry said all government and private offices except emergency services would remain closed during the lockdown, Dhaka Tribune reported.
All types of transport except those carrying emergency supplies, ambulances and vehicles for health services and media will remain suspended from Monday, he said. No one will be allowed to leave their home without an emergency reason.
The announcement comes after the national COVID-19 advisory group recommended Thursday to impose a nationwide shutdown for two weeks, with all kinds of offices remaining closed.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Minister of State for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told media they were all ready to impose a full shutdown at any time.
Dhaka Tribune reported that the government was forced to impose a nationwide lockdown for a week from April 5 to contain the spread of infections, as COVID-19 cases continued to grow at an alarming rate since mid-March. .
The death toll from COVID-19 rose by 108 on Friday, the second-highest one-day jump since the outbreak of the pandemic last year in Bangladesh.
The number of cases has jumped from 5,869 to 878,804, according to the latest government data. The daily infection rate rose to 21.22%, from 15% a week ago.
Amid the dramatic spike in infections, public experts fear the pandemic in Bangladesh could take a catastrophic turn. (ANI)