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Lockdown may return if Covid restrictions are violated, says health minister

Zahid Maleque urges all to wear masks outdoors, maintain social distance and get vaccinated

Update : 15 Jan 2022, 03:39 PM

Imposing a lockdown will not be necessary if people abide by the 11 directives recently issued to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said.

Lockdowns put a huge strain on a country’s economy, the minister said during an event at Manikganj Sadar Hospital on Saturday.

“The whole world has been seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases and Bangladesh is no exception,” he said.

Also Read- Covid-19: Positivity rate rises to 14.66% with 4,378 cases, 6 more deaths in 24 hours

“[Nearly] 4,400 new cases were recorded yesterday [Friday]... The daily infection rate is increasing by 3% every day. In such circumstances, everyone has to wear a mask, maintain social distance and get vaccinated,” Maleque added.

The government has enough Covid-19 vaccine doses in hand, he said, adding that over 140 million shots have already been administered.

Also Read- Coronavirus: 32.53% of population fully vaccinated in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has been witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases since the start of 2022.

The health authorities reported 4,378 new cases with an infection rate of 14.66% in the 24 hours to Friday morning, up from Thursday’s 12.03%.

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