by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladeshi capital Dhaka witnessed a significant rise in the number of people and vehicles on the streets as the third spell of nationwide lockdown began on Wednesday to curb the spike of the Covid-19 infections.
The shutdown was begun on April 5 with many defying the lockdown rules, prompting the authorities to impose a ‘strict’ restrictions on people’s movement from April 14. Given the scale of infections and deaths from the virus, the government extended it for yet another week from Wednesday.
But, the Dhaka streets, which was deserted for a week, have begun flooded with pedestrians, and plying of the motorbikes and private cars since many private offices resumed their operations.
Major shopping malls, public transportations and offices are generally shut, excluding the emergency services.
The enforcement measures are seemingly relaxed on Wednesday.
“I did not find anyone asking me anything stopping my car in the street as I visited a number of offices and kitchen markets in Mohakhali and Banani areas since the morning,” said Razia Sultana, a CEO of a private company.
Shops in the alleyways are opened to many extents in the pretext of selling necessary items. Many people are seen working while others are gossiping on the roadsides in Dhaka. Rickshaws dominated the city streets.