by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Supermarkets and shops across resumed operations for eight hours from Friday amid a nationwide lockdown that the government imposed to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The reopening came days after small traders demonstrated asking the government to allow them to operate business since all other establishments are opened during the lockdown, effective since Monday.
The shops will 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 Monday 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.
The city bus services were resumed on the third day of the so-called lockdown and the shops are on the fifth day, putting the people who generally defy health rules in Bangladesh at the risk of being infected.
In the meantime, Bangladesh on Thursday reported the highest 74 deaths from novel coronavirus, putting the fatality toll to 9,521 since the country reported first cases of the virus in March last year.
The total number infections so far are reported to 6,66,132 with a current positively rate of 20.65 percent. The total positivity rate is counted at 13.55 percent.
Some 565,030 people recovered so far with 3,391 at the rate of 84.82 percent.