A affected person contaminated with the coronavirus arrives for remedy in Dhaka
DHAKA: Bangladesh on Monday prolonged ongoing nationwide lockdown until Might 16 to comprise the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bangladesh clamped a week-long nationwide lockdown on April 5, suspending public transport and shutting markets to fight the surge in coronavirus instances within the nation. The restrictions had been later prolonged until April 28, then until Might 5.
“The Cupboard has determined to additional prolong the lockdown until Might 16,” Cupboard secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam instructed a media briefing right here.
Islam mentioned inter-district bus, practice and ferry providers would stay suspended till that timeline however public transports can be allowed to function inside cities sustaining well being pointers after Might 5, when the most recent spherical of the lockdown was scheduled to finish.
On the similar time, the federal government can even monitor buying centres and malls for strict compliance to well being security pointers, put in place to comprise Covid-19 unfold, he mentioned.
If a buying place is discovered to be failing to strictly implement the protection guidelines, it will likely be shut down if wanted, Islam mentioned.
In face of rising calls for, the federal government had granted permission for reopening outlets and malls throughout the nation from April 25, amid lockdown.
On April 26, Bangladesh closed its border with India for 2 weeks in view of the sharp enhance within the coronavirus instances within the neighbouring nation.
On Monday, well being minister Zahid Maleque mentioned that the borders would stay closed till additional order.
Well being officers on Monday reported 65 Covid-19 deaths previously 24 hours, taking the nation’s toll to 11,644. No less than 1,739 new instances had been recorded within the final 24 hours, taking the overall variety of individuals contaminated with the virus to 7,63,682.
A well being ministry spokesman mentioned that each the statistics instructed the an infection price to have come down barely previously few days however “we concern the state of affairs may very well be worse once more if the well being pointers aren’t strictly maintained forward and through the Eid pageant”.
Final week, Bangladesh recorded the bottom single-day demise toll since April 6.
“There isn’t any room for complacency…the dangerous state of affairs can return anytime coinciding with the Eid pageant later this month,” Directorate of Well being Providers (DGHS) spokesman Dr Nazmul Islam instructed the media.
In accordance with the most recent rely, the Covid-19 an infection price stood at 8.95 per cent on Monday whereas the determine shot as much as 23.40 per cent on April 5.
The well being minister mentioned Bangladesh was anticipating the arrival of 0.5 million doses of Chinese language COVID-19 vaccines by Might 10.
DGHS officers mentioned pharmaceutical firm Renata Bangladesh Restricted has sought authorities permission to deliver US Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine to the nation.
“Renata has submitted utility searching for permission to deliver Moderna vaccine whereas our Drug Administration is assessing if the corporate is able to bringing it,” DGHS Director Normal Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam mentioned.
However consultants mentioned the Moderna vaccines wanted minus temperature storage facility whereas solely in Dhaka such amenities may very well be offered.