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Everything you need to know about weeklong lockdown starting Monday

People will be able to buy groceries and essentials from kitchen markets from 8am to 4pm

Update : 04 Apr 2021, 01:37 PM

The government has issued 11 directives for the restrictions on public movement that comes into effect on Monday across the country for a week.

A circular, signed by Cabinet Division Deputy Secretary Md Shafayat Mahbub Chowdhury, in this regard was issued on Sunday.

According to the circular, the directives, which will remain in effect from 6am of April 5 till 12 midnight of April 11, include:

>> All public transport services (roads, river, railway and domestic flights) will remain suspended. This directive will not apply to cargo and emergency services vehicles and to people going abroad or arriving.

>> Offices, employees and transports of law enforcement and emergency services -- such as relief distribution, health service, electricity, water, gas/fuel, Fire Service, activities at land, sea and river ports, telephone and internet, telecommunication and other services -- will be out of the purview of this ban.

>> All government/non-government/autonomous offices, courts and private offices will be able to facilitate the commute of their employees to work using their own transports on a limited scale. Industries and factories will be able to do the same for their workers. Factories under BGMEA and the BKMEA will have to take measures regarding field hospital/treatment for their workers.

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 >> Nobody will be allowed to go out of home except for emergencies, such as the purchase of medicine and daily essentials, medical treatment and burial/cremation etc, between 6pm to 6am.

>> All types of restaurants will remain closed but will be allowed to sell online and deliver to customers homes or provide takeaway facilities. 

>> All shops, including shopping malls and markets, will remain closed. But shops can continue to sell goods online by maintaining health guidelines.

>> People will be able to buy and sell groceries and daily essentials at kitchen markets in open spaces from 8am to 4pm, which will be ensured by the authorities concerned.

>> Bangladesh Bank will issue the directives to continue banking activities on a limited scale.

>> The Armed Forces Division will take the necessary steps to build field hospitals in Dhaka.

>> District and field-level administration will take necessary steps to implement these directives and law enforcement agencies will heighten regular patrol.

>> Anyone violating these directives will face strict legal action.

On Saturday, the government declared the seven-day countrywide lockdown from Monday as part of its effort to curb the surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths.

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Last week, the government issued an 18-point directive, imposing fresh restrictions to tackle the spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths. It said then the new curbs will remain in force initially for two weeks. 

In a gazette notification, it banned public gatherings in areas with a high rate of infection and restricted gatherings in all types of public events, including social, political and religious. It also said that public transport will carry passengers half of their seating capacity and must maintain the health safety guidelines.

The directives were then followed by the closure of all entertainment centres and tourists spots across the country.

The lockdown announcement came after the country on Friday saw record 6,830 infections in a day. 

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On Saturday, the country registered 5,683 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally to 630,277.

The death toll climbed to 9,213 after 58 fatalities were recorded in a 24-hour time frame until Saturday morning.

According to official data, the country on Saturday recorded its highest ever seven-day moving average of daily Covid deaths – 49.14 – since the pandemic broke out in March 2020.

In this year so far, January saw 568 deaths, February 281 and March 638.

In light of the situation, the government is increasing the number of covid-designated hospitals and ICU beds to deal with the rising number of patients.

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