Bangladesh resumes strict lock-down after Eid holidays

The Nation  |  Jul 24, 2021

ANKARA - Bangladesh on Friday resumed a two-week nationwide lock-down after nine days of easing to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice. To stem the spread of the corona-virus, authorities said, lock-down this time will be enforced more strictly with active deployment of the army along with regular security forces. Even the country’s main exporting ready-made garment industry, which was out of the previous lock-down on July 1-13, will remain closed under this shutdown. “We are going to enforce a very tough lock-down this time …,” Farhad Hossain, state minister for public administration, told the media on Thursday. Expressing concerns that relaxation in restrictions may threaten the pandemic situation, he said that the army would remain active in the field to help civil administrations for proper implementation of the lock-down. Bangladesh, an overcrowded South Asian country of nearly 165 million people, has been going through a critical course due to an alarming rise in corona-virus cases, including the Delta variant. Till date, 18,685 people in Bangladesh have died of the lethal virus while caseload have surpassed 1.1 million since the pandemic was first detected in March last year. To stem the spread of the disease, authorities have been conducting a nationwide massive vaccination drive. 

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Around 11.5 million shots of COVID-19 vaccines have been served so far while nearly 11 million people have applied for the jabs.Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people in a mad rush returned to their working places, including in the capital Dhaka, as the new lock-down has started today.

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