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Strict lockdown in Bangladesh from Monday

Bangladesh’s government has announced its decision to impose a strict nationwide lockdown for a week from Monday to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country and asked people to avoid non-essential travel during this time. The decision was announced last night amid the increase in the cases of COVID-19 across the country.

The announcement came hours after Bangladesh’s Press Information Department (PID) met health officials about the country’s second highest number of deaths on a daily basis since the start of the pandemic in March last year.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) reported 108 new deaths and 5,869 new confirmed cases. With this, the number of infected and deaths in the country has

increased to 878,804 and 13,976 respectively. PID said, the lockdown will be in force for seven days from June 28.

It said that all offices, including government, semi-government and private offices, will remain closed from Monday. No one will be allowed to go out unless it is very necessary.