COVID19 – Bangladesh announces countrywide lockdown

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Bangladesh announces countrywide lockdown

COVID19 – Bangladesh announces countrywide lockdown

Bangladesh government on Saturday announced a week-long countrywide lockdown from April 5 to curb the new wave of Covid-19 infections.

Every office and court will be closed during this lockdown but industries and mills will continue their operation on rotation,” State Minister for Public Administration, Farhad Hossain, was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune.

Bangladesh reported a record 6,830 new cases in the past 24 hours, with an alarming 23.28 per cent single-day infection rate. With the new cases, the tally has reached 6,24,594 in the country.

Bangladesh received 70 lakh Oxford-AstraZeneca doses from Serum Institute of India as part of an agreement. The country has purchased three crore vaccine doses from Serum.

The government has requested AstraZeneca to authorise production of its Covid-19 vaccine in Bangladesh.