Bangladesh’s government is set to impose a weeklong lockdown due to the sudden rise of coronavirus infection during the last few days.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday disclosed the information at a virtual media briefing from his city residence today, a day after Bangladesh recorded the highest daily Covid-19 cases.
The government has taken the decision as the lethal virus is on a rising trend and infecting the people more than 6,000 per day for last two consecutive days and more than 5,000 for last few days.
Besides, in a video message, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said, “The government is going to enforce a lockdown within the next two to three days for a week across the country as the spread of coronavirus increases”.
However, industrial factories will remain open amid the lockdown and shifting duty will continue in the factories, he added.
Bangladesh on Friday reported 6,830 COVID-19 cases, the highest in a single day since its first detection on March 8 last year while the coronavirus claimed overnight 50 lives.
“The tally of infections has surged to 6,24,594 as 6,830 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours . . . 50 people died of COVID-19 during the period,” Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in its routine daily statement said.
A total of 50 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours, the highest number in over seven months, increasing the death toll from the pandemic to 9,155.
It said 23.28 percent of the 29,339 samples collected in 24 hours were tested positive while the infection rate was only 2.30 percent just on February 8 this year as during the late winter season, the rate started decreasing sharply.