Bangladesh announces new lockdown from Wednesday

# 20:09
12 April 2021

Bangladesh is to enter a strict eight-day lockdown from Wednesday, officials say, which will shutter all offices, and halt international and domestic transport, APA reports citing BBC.

Shops are also going to be closed, except those that sell food. Factories will be allowed to stay open, but only if companies can organise their own transport for workers.

The daily number of Covid cases in Bangladesh has increased seven-fold in the space of a month, while the daily number of deaths has doubled.

"There is no alternative now to this in order to curb the Covid-19 surge," Farhad Hossain, junior minister for public administration, said before the official government announcement.

The country, which has a population of 160 million, has recorded 684,756 cases and 9,739 deaths in total.