by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
The government has decided to extend the nationwide restrictions until May 16 to slow the spread of novel coronavirus infections that left more than 11,000 people killed in Bangladesh
Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said on Monday that the restrictions imposed last month will remain in force for 11 more days from Wednesday. It was decided at the weekly meeting of the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The current spell of nationwide lockdown was scheduled to end on Wednesday.
Public transports will be allowed operations on limited scale within the towns and cities, he said adding all long-haul buses, trains and ferry services will remain shut.
In the face of surge in new infections and deaths from the virus, the government on April 5 enforced initially a nine-day lockdown shutting offices, shopping malls and transport across Bangladesh.
The shutdown was then extended in phases until Wednesday despite the rate of virus infections and deaths slightly decreased in the past week. A ban on international air travel was lifted last week more than two weeks of suspension of operations
The shopping malls were also allowed operations last week on limited scale maintaining health guidelines to facilitate shopping ahead of the Muslims Eid-al-Fitr festival. The Eid is scheduled tentatively on May 13.
Bangladesh’s embattled health-care system has carried out 5.4 million virus tests since the first cases of Covid-19 emerged in March last year.
The country reported some 761,943 cases and 11,579 deaths so far.
The country imposed an earlier nationwide shutdown lasting more than two months, starting on March 26, 2020 and running until May.