A volunteer uses a loudspeaker to raise awareness on the first day of the week-long lockdown in Dhaka on Monday, April 5, 2021 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune
Bangladesh reported its highest single-day Covid-19 fatalities on Sunday
With the country set to go for a strict weeklong lockdown from April 14, the government has listed emergency services that will be allowed to operate during the restrictions.
In a gazette notification on Monday, the government said it will allow emergency services such as:
>> Transport vehicles used for agriculture, relief, healthcare, fuel supply, water, electricity, Fire Service, telephone and internet connections, mass media purpose.
>> Anyone on emergency work like buying medicine, attending funerals and getting Covid-19 vaccine.
>> People can buy products from grocery markets and essentials from kitchen markets from 9am to 3pm.
>> Home delivery or takeaway facilities for foods and essentials from 12 noon to 7pm and 12 midnight to 6am.
>> Officials and vehicles associated with food supply, industrial goods, material for government projects.
>> Airports, land ports and seaports, and offices related to those.
>> Medicine shops and hospitals.
>> Industrial factories and export-oriented industries.
To make sure these directives are implemented, law enforcement agencies will intensify patrolling across the country and they will take legal action when necessary.
Bangladesh reported its highest single-day Covid-19 fatalities on Sunday, surpassing Saturday’s figure.
The health directorate confirmed 78 deaths between 8am Saturday and 8am Sunday, the highest since coronavirus cases were first reported in March last year.
On Saturday, the country had recorded 77 fatalities.
Sunday’s numbers took the death toll to 9,739, with the mortality rate staying at 1.42% for the third consecutive day.
Meanwhile, 5,819 new cases were also recorded between Saturday and Sunday mornings, pushing the total to 684,756, according to the health directorate.
Bangladesh reported its first Covid-19 death on March 18 last year, 10 days after the first case was recorded.
This year, the virus claimed 568 lives in January, 281 in February and 638 in March.
The government imposed an apparently lose nationwide lockdown for one week from April 5 in a bid to contain the spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths.
But in the face of protests against the lockdown, the government was forced to resume public transport in cities from Wednesday and reopen shops and shopping malls for five days from Friday.