Bangladesh eases virus shutdown ahead of Muslim eid celebration
July 13th, 2021 at 3:48 pm
Bangladesh eases virus shutdown ahead of Muslim eid celebration

by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;

The authorities in Bangladesh have decided to suspend the anti-coronavirus restrictions for more than a week to facilitate businesses and people’s movement ahead of the Muslim celebration of Eid-al-Adha festival.

A government notification on Tuesday said all restrictions will be relaxed between midnight Wednesday and morning of July 23 to facilitate the pre-eid businesses and commerce and people’s movement.

The restriction was lifted considering the overall socio-economic condition and to keep the wheel of economy running, the notice said urging people to maintain health guidelines and physical distancing during the period.

The nationwide shutdown, however, will be re-imposed from July 23 for two weeks shutting offices, factories, malls and transportation as the virus caseloads were surging alarmingly.

Bangladesh logged the highest daily virus caseload of 13,768 and 220 deaths on Monday, a day before the restrictions are relaxed, with hospitals struggling to cope with the patients.

The government on July 1 enforced strict lockdown initially for a week after the previously imposed shutdowns were imposed loosely causing surge in the number of virus cases and deaths. The arrival of rapid transmissible Delta variant also worsened the situation last month.

Mills and factories, which are allowed conditional operations under the current spell of the shutdown, will be remained shut during the post-eid lockdown period.

Army troopers were deployed in aid to civil administration to restrict people’s movement during the previously imposed shutdown, which was eventually extended until the midnight of Wednesday (July 14).

Bangladesh so far reported 103,5957 cases and 16,639 deaths since the virus was emerged in March last year.