by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka
A seven-day nationwide lockdown is set to begin on Monday to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus as Bangladesh reported surge in new cases in the past weeks.
As the virus is spreading fast, the government has decided a seven-day lockdown from Monday, Road Transport Minister Obaidul Qader told a virtual news briefing in Dhaka on Saturday.
The government used the word ‘lockdown the first time for restrictions over the novel coronavirus since previously the government used the restriction as general holidays.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain said the emergency services will remain operative during the lockdown. Mills and factories will be opened subject to the authorities properly maintain the health guidelines.
Earlier in March 26 last year, the government imposed a general restriction across the country after the first cases of the virus were reported on March 8.
The restrictions included plying of public transports, shutting of public and private offices. The restrictions were lifted on May 31.
The health officials reported the surge in the virus in March this year, and new cases surpass the previous record on Friday.
Some 6,830 new cases were reported on Friday making the total number of infections to 624,594 in Bangladesh. The death toll climbed 9,155 with 50 reported on that day.