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A affected person contaminated with the coronavirus arrives for therapy in Dhaka

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Monday prolonged ongoing nationwide lockdown until Could 16 to comprise the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bangladesh clamped a week-long nationwide lockdown on April 5, suspending public transport and shutting markets to fight the surge in coronavirus instances within the nation. The restrictions had been later prolonged until April 28, then until May5.
“The Cupboard has determined to additional lengthen the lockdown until May16,” Cupboard secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam instructed a media briefing right here.
Islam stated inter-district bus, practice and ferry providers would stay suspended till that timeline however public transports can be allowed to function inside cities sustaining well being pointers after May 5, when the newest spherical of the lockdown was scheduled to finish.
On the identical time, the federal government can even monitor procuring centres and malls for strict compliance to well being security pointers, put in place to comprise Covid-19 unfold, he stated.
If a procuring place is discovered to be failing to strictly implement the security guidelines, it will likely be shut down if wanted, Islam stated.
In face of rising calls for, the federal government had granted permission for reopening retailers and malls throughout the nation from April 25, amid lockdown.
On April 26, Bangladesh closed its border with India for 2 weeks in view of the sharp improve within the coronavirus instances within the neighbouring nation.
On Monday, well being minister Zahid Maleque stated that the borders would stay closed till additional order.
Well being officers on Monday reported 65 Covid-19 deaths previously 24 hours, taking the nation’s toll to 11,644. At the least 1,739 new instances had been recorded within the final 24 hours, taking the whole variety of individuals contaminated with the virus to 7,63,682.
A well being ministry spokesman stated that each the statistics prompt the an infection charge to have come down barely previously few days however “we worry the scenario may very well be worse once more if the well being pointers aren’t strictly maintained forward and throughout the Eid pageant”.
Final week, Bangladesh recorded the bottom single-day dying toll since April 6.
“There isn’t a room for complacency…the dangerous scenario can return anytime coinciding with the Eid pageant later this month,” Directorate of Well being Providers (DGHS) spokesman Dr Nazmul Islam instructed the media.
In response to the newest rely, the Covid-19 an infection charge stood at 8.95 per cent on Monday whereas the determine shot as much as 23.40 per cent on April 5.
The well being minister stated Bangladesh was anticipating the arrival of 0.5 million doses of Chinese language COVID-19 vaccines by Could 10.
DGHS officers stated pharmaceutical firm Renata Bangladesh Restricted has sought authorities permission to carry US Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine to the nation.
“Renata has submitted utility in search of permission to carry Moderna vaccine whereas our Drug Administration is assessing if the corporate is able to bringing it,” DGHS Director Common Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam stated.
However specialists stated the Moderna vaccines wanted minus temperature storage facility whereas solely in Dhaka such amenities may very well be offered.

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