Panel suggests lockdown extension for yet another week
April 19th, 2021 at 1:01 pm
Panel suggests lockdown extension for yet another week

by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;

An advisory panel has suggested the government to continue the nationwide shutdown for yet another week beginning from April 22 to curb the new spike of novel coronavirus surge.

The national technical advisory committee in the coronavirus made the recommendation on Monday as the number of deaths from the Covid-19 has continued to surge in Bangladesh. The country on Sunday reported the highest 102 deaths from the virus since the first cases of the pathogen was reported in March last year.

In response to the surge in the new infections and deaths the government imposed a nationwide lockdown from April 5 with many defying the shutdown rules in the capital Dhaka and other towns.

Then the government came up with the strict lockdown from April 14 coinciding the first day of Bangla New Year and the holy Ramadan. The government has been trying hard to enforce the lockdown to slow the spread of the virus.

Reviewing the rate of infections, the advisory panel on Monday came up with the suggestions to continue the lockdown for yet another week with a plan to lift the shutdown gradually.