Shops and offices will be able to reopen and public transport will resume on a limited basis from August 11
The Bangladesh government has decided to extend the ongoing nationwide strict lockdown by five days to August 10 as coronavirus infections and fatalities continue to rise.
Shops, malls, businesses and offices would be allowed to reopen on August 11, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque told the media on Tuesday.
Public transport will also resume on a limited basis from the same day, which will be gradually lifted in phases, he said after an inter-ministerial meeting over the pandemic situation.
“No one will be allowed to go to work, keep their shops open or operate public transports without being vaccinated,” he said.
If needed, the government might make staying outdoors without a vaccine after August 11 a punishable offence, according to Haque.
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“Authorities will have access to the vaccination database to ensure that no one over 18 years old is outdoors without a vaccine,” he added.
Vaccines will be administered at 14,000 centres across Bangladesh from August 7, said the minister before adding the working class people and the elderly will get priority.
Bangladesh has been under a fresh lockdown since July 23, which was supposed to end on August 5.
The decision to extend the lockdown comes as the country has been going through a significantly tough spell of the Covid pandemic.
July marked the deadliest month for Bangladesh with 6,182 fatalities, and the pandemic is showing no signs of letting up as the country recorded 200-plus deaths on the first two days of August as well.