Bangladesh will be placed on complete lockdown for seven days beginning Monday in order to stem the surge in Covid-19 cases.
Nobody will be allowed to leave their homes this time, except in cases of emergency, according to a statement issued by the Press Information Department (PID) yesterday evening.
Later, Farhad Hossain, state minister for public administration, told The Daily Star that the army, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), and police would be deployed to ensure that the lockdown was properly enforced.
This is the first time the government has used the term “lockdown” when announcing countrywide Covid-19 curbs, indicating the severity of the restrictions that are about to be imposed.
All previous announcements about the curbs had mentioned imposing restrictions on public and traffic movement.
According to a leading Bangladeshi newspaper, Iftekhairul Islam, additional deputy commissioner (Media) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), disclosed the information.
Moreover, several mobile courts fined Tk 50,640 during the same time period.
On the first day of the city’s ongoing strict lockdown, police arrested 550 people, and 320 on the second day for similar offenses.