by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
The government has decided to lift many of the restrictions that it had imposed nearly two weeks ago to curb the surge in novel coronavirus infections, an official handout said.
The announcement came on Monday, the day Bangladesh reports the highest 13,768 cases and 220 deaths amid the strict lockdown.
The restrictions will be lifted for a brief period of eight days from July 15 to 22, the government handout said adding that a notification from the cabinet division will be served immediately.
Yet another “strict” lockdown will be in place from July 23.
In the face of a rise in the number of infections and deaths, the government in April imposed restrictions and extended it from time to time. The restrictions were gradually lifted ahead of the Muslims Eid-al-Fitr festival that led to another surge in the virus cases.
In the latest case, the government imposed a strict lockdown on June 28 shutting malls, offices and transportations, and deployed the army troopers to aid the civil administration from July 1 to restrict people’s movements. The nationwide restrictions were extended for seven days until July 14.
Thousands of people were arrested for allegedly flouting the lockdown rules, and they were punished by mobile courts during the shutdown.