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Bangladesh extends lockdown till May 16 – Times of India


A affected person contaminated with the coronavirus arrives for remedy in Dhaka

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Monday prolonged ongoing nationwide lockdown till May 16 to include the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bangladesh clamped per week-lengthy nationwide lockdown on April 5, suspending public transport and shutting markets to fight the surge in coronavirus circumstances within the nation. The restrictions had been later prolonged till April 28, then till May 5.
“The Cabinet has decided to further extend the lockdown till May 16,” Cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam informed a media briefing right here.
Islam mentioned inter-district bus, practice and ferry companies would stay suspended till that timeline however public transports can be allowed to function inside cities sustaining well being pointers after May 5, when the most recent spherical of the lockdown was scheduled to finish.
At the identical time, the federal government may even monitor purchasing centres and malls for strict compliance to well being security pointers, put in place to include Covid-19 unfold, he mentioned.
If a purchasing place is discovered to be failing to strictly implement the protection guidelines, will probably be shut down if wanted, Islam mentioned.
In face of rising calls for, the federal government had granted permission for reopening outlets and malls throughout the nation from April 25, amid lockdown.
On April 26, Bangladesh closed its border with India for 2 weeks in view of the sharp improve within the coronavirus circumstances within the neighbouring nation.
On Monday, well being minister Zahid Maleque mentioned that the borders would stay closed till additional order.
Health officers on Monday reported 65 Covid-19 deaths previously 24 hours, taking the nation’s toll to 11,644. At least 1,739 new circumstances had been recorded within the final 24 hours, taking the entire quantity of individuals contaminated with the virus to 7,63,682.
A well being ministry spokesman mentioned that each the statistics prompt the an infection price to have come down barely previously few days however “we fear the situation could be worse again if the health guidelines are not strictly maintained ahead and during the Eid festival”.
Last week, Bangladesh recorded the bottom single-day demise toll since April 6.
“There is no room for complacency…the bad situation can return anytime coinciding with the Eid festival later this month,” Directorate of Health Services (DGHS) spokesman Dr Nazmul Islam informed the media.
According to the most recent depend, the Covid-19 an infection price stood at 8.95 per cent on Monday whereas the determine shot as much as 23.40 per cent on April 5.
The well being minister mentioned Bangladesh was anticipating the arrival of 0.5 million doses of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines by May 10.
DGHS officers mentioned pharmaceutical firm Renata Bangladesh Limited has sought authorities permission to convey US Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine to the nation.
“Renata has submitted application seeking permission to bring Moderna vaccine while our Drug Administration is assessing if the company is capable of bringing it,” DGHS Director General Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam mentioned.
But consultants mentioned the Moderna vaccines wanted minus temperature storage facility whereas solely in Dhaka such services could possibly be supplied.

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