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Bangladesh extends restrictions on movement till Jun 16

Bangladesh extends restrictions on movement till Jun 16

The government has extended the ongoing countrywide restrictions on public movement till Jun 16 in a bid to contain the coronavirus (Covid-19) spread as the duration of ongoing restrictions ends at midnight today. The Cabinet Division issued a gazette notification today to this end, local media reported.

According to the notification, any social (post marriage ceremony, birthday, picnic party and so on), political and religious programmes, which could make public gatherings, will have to be kept stopped during the period. All tourist spots, resorts, community and recreation centers will be kept shut down, it said.

Restaurants can provide takeaway and online services and serve food at half capacity between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Deputy commissioners of high-risk districts will take necessary measures to restrain the coronavirus spread in respective areas after discussing with the concerned committees.

All kinds of public transports, including inter-district buses, can carry passengers at half capacity, maintaining health guidelines including wearing of facemasks by passengers and all concerned.

The government imposed the countrywide restrictions on public movement on Apr 5 this year and enforced the ‘strict lockdown’ from Apr 14. The lockdown was later extended several times.

Meanwhile, as the lockdown was extended, educational institutions also will not reopen on the scheduled date of Jun 13.

The country reported 38 more deaths, bringing the total number of virus-related fatalities to 12,839, and Covid-19 infections to 810,990, with over 1,676 fresh additions in the last 24 hours.