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Bangladesh Extends Nationwide Lockdown To May 23

Earlier, in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, Bangladesh declared an eight-day lockdown from April 14-21

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BANGLADESH: Bangladesh has extended its lockdown to May 23 because of the current COVID-19 situation in the country. The country’s neighbor, India is also battling with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the reports, Bangladesh’s Cabinet Division announced the decision on Sunday. Earlier, in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, Bangladesh declared an eight-day lockdown from April 14-21. This lockdown was further extended to May 16 due to rising COVID-19 cases.

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Meanwhile, the working of offices and organizations related to revenue collection has no restrictions so far. Hotels and restaurants are allowed to provide online or takeaway services.

Also Read: Mismanagement In Bangladesh Leads To Increased Death Toll Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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On Saturday, the Asian country had extended the closure of all secondary and higher secondary educational institutions following the increase in COVID-19 active cases and deaths.

On April 23, the Cabinet Division had issued a notice allowing shops and shopping malls to operate from April 25 (10am-5pm) on a condition that they would maintain proper safety protocols.

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Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) had reported 363 new COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths on Sunday. The total COVID-19 infection tally has now reached 780,159.

Thousands of people are now returning back to Bangladesh after spending Eid holidays at their native places. To avoid the unnecessary surge in COVID-19 infections, DGHS has urged the people to delay their return for 7-14 days to overcrowding in public places.

DGHS spokesperson Dr. Nazmul Islam issued a warning that there is no room for complacency despite declining trend in COVID-19 infection as Bangladesh is still in the middle of the second wave.

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