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.
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.
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.
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.