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All public transport suspended, new directives issued for lockdown in Bangladesh

The government of Bangladesh on Sunday announced that all public transport services including roads, waterways, railways and domestic flight will remain suspended during the week-long lock-down in the country starting from Monday.

In a new circular the government has directed that freight and emergency services will not come under the purview of the lockdown. All the government and private offices will provide their own transport for the employees to operate on a limited scale. The earlier circular had already limited the number of employees attending office to fifty percent of the capacity. Industries and factories will operate in shifts with due health safety measures for their workers.

People will not be allowed to move out between 6 in the evening to 6 in the morning, except for emergency situations. Shops, malls and restaurants will be closed but they can continue operating online. Household items can be bought and sold only in open spaces. Banks will issue directives to continue their work on a limited scale. Armed forces will take measures to establish a field hospital in Dhaka.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities to ensure the observance of directives properly. She said that the government is keen to keep the economic activities running but saving the lives of people is the first priority. Meanwhile, according to the latest update form the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) issued on Sunday, Bangladesh reported the highest number of 7087 fresh corona positive cases since the outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic in March last year. On Sunday, 53 deaths were also reported taking the death toll to 9266.

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