by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
The government has expended its anti-coronavirus shutdown for five more days to curb the spike in the infections and deaths mostly caused by the Delta variant.
A government notice said on Thursday that the current restrictions would continue until August 10. Factories and domestic flight operations will be out of the purview of the restrictions, it added.
A nationwide lockdown was imposed in early last month shutting offices, shopping malls and transportation to slow the spread of the virus. A nine-day break was given to facilitate public movements during the Muslim celebration of Eid-al-Adha festival before the shutdown was re-imposed on July 23 for two weeks.
With the arrival of Delta variant reported in June, Bangladesh has been facing the worst wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Study says the Delta variant accounts for 98 per cent of the infections in Bangladesh
A study conducted by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) revealed that on Thursday. The study was conducted among 300 samples collected from different parts of the country, said Sharfuddin Ahemd, the vice chancellor of the BSMMU.
Bangladesh logged an average of daily infections of 15,000 with 236 deaths in the last 10 days, according to the government tally.
Now the government is expected to begin a mass vaccination campaign in the rural areas on Saturday ahead of its plan to gradually lift the restrictions from August 11.
A pandemic review panel on Tuesday decided to resume offices and public transports on limited scale from the middle of next week.
Bangladesh has so far reported more than 1.3 million cases and 21,638 deaths from the novel coronavirus since the pandemic began in March last year.