Police have set up checkpoints at almost every major intersection to control unnecessary movement
The government has enforced a fresh strict lockdown for eight days from Wednesday in an effort to stop the spread of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
To ensure that the lockdown is properly enforced and people abide by the Covid health safety restrictions, police in Dhaka have been active on the city streets since Wednesday morning.
They have set up checkpoints at almost every major intersection in Dhaka along with exit and entry points of the capital as roads remained mostly empty. But people with emergency work were seen travelling on the streets.
Meanwhile, "Movement Pass" – a permit that is required to be outside during the lockdown in case of emergency – is also being checked by the police at the different checkpoints and people without one are being sent back home for unnecessary movement.
Most of them, after being questioned by the police, showed medical reasons for being on the streets.
Police were seen stopping vehicles, filing cases, fining those who could not give a valid, logical reason to be on the streets in Dhanmondi 27, Russell Square, Kalabagan, Science Lab intersection, Bata Signal, Bangla Motor, and Shahbagh, among other key city points.
All modes of public transports, including those of road, river, railway, and air, are to remain suspended during this lockdown.
However, the restriction is not effective in the case of carrying goods, emergency services, and production.
All industries and factories have been allowed to continue their operation following health guidelines and the respective industries must take measures to carry their employees in their own vehicles but a few have complied with this directive so far.
The government was forced to enforce a weeklong stricter lockdown from 6am Wednesday following a record-breaking Covid-19 upsurge across the country in recent weeks.
Virus cases have been rising steeply from the second week of March taking the tally of the total infected to 697,985 and casualties to 9,891, till Tuesday morning.