by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh has been contemplating to enforce a ‘complete lockdown’ next week, stead of a relaxed shutdown being in force to check the spread of the Covid-19 disease, a senior minister said on Friday.
The full-fledged lockdown is likely to be imposed from April 14, Obaidul Qader, Road Transport and Bridges Minister, told a virtual news briefing from his home.
The minister said the situation has turned to be terrible in terms of infection of the virus, the number of deaths are rising because of public negligence.
The situation has not been changed, the minister said referring to the people’s response to the weeklong restrictions that the government had imposed from Monday.
Supermarkets and shops across resumed operations for eight hours from Friday amid a nationwide lockdown.
The reopening came days after small traders demonstrated asking the government to allow them to operate businesses since all other establishments are opened during the lockdown.
The shops will now remain open from 9 am to 5 pm, according to a government order.
It has been observed most of the shopping malls that reopened on Friday are flouting health guidelines. No hand sanitizing mechanism was seen in front of any of the markets in New Market areas.
In the face of a surge in the number of novel coronavirus, the government on Saturday decided to impose the lockdown from Monday, keeping malls and public transports shut.