Bangladesh announces 7-day countrywide lockdown from Monday as COVID-19 spreads

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DHAKA: The Bangladesh authorities connected Saturday announced a seven-day countrywide lockdown from Monday to curb the dispersed of Coronavirus. 

The announcement was made by Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader. The minister, however, said the factories and concern areas volition stay with constricted workers.

"The factories and concern areas volition stay unfastened during the lockdown with constricted workers successful antithetic shifts maintaining hygiene rules," State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain besides said.

Emergency services volition not beryllium affected during the lockdown, the curate said.  

It whitethorn beryllium noted that the fig of regular infections and deaths from the microorganism has abruptly taken a steep expanse upwards implicit the past respective days. The numbers are reaching caller highs each day. 

The existent rising inclination successful regular infections and deaths is faster compared to adjacent that recorded successful June-July past twelvemonth erstwhile the archetypal question of the pandemic reached its highest successful the country.

Experts accidental this clip the corruption concern is precise grave. If strict steps are not taken to power the spread, infections and fatalities volition emergence further, they warn.

Bangladesh reported grounds 6,830 caller cases successful the past 24 hours till Friday astatine 8am, with an alarming 23.28% single-day corruption rate. The tally has reached 6,24,594 successful the country.

The state besides saw 50 caller fatalities successful the past 24 hours, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). The decease toll present stands astatine 9,155, with a 1.47% fatality rate.

Earlier connected March 25 past year, the authorities initially declared a 10-day shutdown. It was extended respective times further to support the microorganism nether control. Later the lockdown was relaxed aft June arsenic the fig of cases and deaths from the microorganism went down.

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