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Factories to stay open, domestic flights to operate during extended lockdown

  • Published at 01:35 pm August 5th, 2021
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Crowds in Dhaka’s Rajarbagh Police Line area to receive the Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday, August 5, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Restrictions will remain the same, aside from two exceptions, says Cabinet Division notification

Faced with the mounting Covid-19 cases and hospitalization, the government has imposed restrictions alongside the existing ones on the movement of people and other activities for five days more in an effort to slow the virus transmission.

The Cabinet Division issued the notification on Thursday which will remain in force from 12 am on August 5 till 12 am on August 10.

According to the notification, the industries and factories will remain out of the purview of the restriction while the domestic flight will be operated following health guidelines.

Earlier, an inter-ministerial meeting on the August 3 decided to extend the lockdown.

Also Read - BSMMU: 98% of Bangladesh's Covid patients are infected with Delta variant

On August 22, the Bangladesh government announced the resumption of the countrywide strict lockdown from July 23.

The nationwide lockdown, first imposed for 14-days until August 5, has now been extended for another five days till August 10 amid a surge in the Delta variant of Covid-19 infections across the country.

The government also asked all concerned to take measures in this regard.

Covid Situation in Bangladesh

As the Covid infection rate continues to swell in Bangladesh, the country recorded 241 more deaths in 24 hours till Wednesday morning.

According to a handout issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 13,817 more people came out positive with the virus during the period after the test of 49,514 samples.

The fresh numbers have pushed the country’s death tally to 21,638, with the caseload mounting to 1,309,910.

Meanwhile, the daily test positivity rate fell slightly to 27.91 % from Tuesday’s 28.58%, while the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 5% or below rate.

The recovery rate, however, rose to 87.12%, and the case fatality remained static at 1.65% compared to the same period, said the DGHS.

With the vaccination drive slowly gaining momentum, 216,534 people got their first Sinopharm jab during the period.

Besides, 11,898, 10,931 and 1,026 people received their second dose of Astrazeneca, Sinopharm and Moderna vaccines, respectively, during this period.

Bangladesh is planning to vaccinate one crore people during a special drive from August 7 to 12.

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