The Bangladesh government has announced a strict nationwide lockdown for seven-day from Monday (June 28) morning to contain deadly coronavirus transmission.
The lockdown will begin at 6:00am on Monday, said Chief Information Officer Surath Kumar Sarkar on Friday night.
Trucks, covered vans and vehicles carrying medicine, fuel and perishable items will remain out of the purview of the lockdown.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has also postponed all launch services.
Thousands of people travel daily by launch and passenger boats, especially those in the country’s southern regions.
The Bangladesh Railway authorities have also suspended all local, commuter and mail train services across the country until further notice.
All government and private offices will be closed, except for emergency services. No one would be allowed to go out of the house without an urgent reason.
The media will remain out of the lockdown purview.
At this time, all types of vehicles except emergency goods and medical services will be closed.
A more detailed order in this regard will be issued by the Cabinet Division on Saturday.
Bangladesh lost 108 lives to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours until Friday morning as the upward march of all major coronavirus indicators – new cases, deaths, and positivity rate – continues.
The second-highest single-day Covid fatalities brought the national tally to 13,976. The country reported 112 deaths on April 19.