Bangladesh extends COVID-19 lockdown, tightens restrictions to curb virus

Source: Xinhua| 2021-06-07 21:25:06|Editor: huaxia

DHAKA, June 7 (Xinhua) -- The Bangladeshi government has extended the countrywide lockdown for 10 more days and adopted stricter restrictions to control the COVID-19 infections.

The lockdown, which ended early Monday after having been extended several times, will now run through the midnight of June 16.

The country's Cabinet Division in its latest order on Sunday urged the authorities concerned to take necessary steps so that tourist spots, resorts and communities remain closed during the period.

The latest lockdown restrictions came amid the surging COVID-19 positivity rate in several districts bordering India.

To combat COVID-19, Bangladesh declared a seven-day lockdown effective from April 5, which was later extended with strict measures in phases to May 30, and extended again till June 6.

On Monday, the country's Directorate General of Health Services reported 1,970 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 new fatalities, bringing the number of total cases to 812,960 and the total death toll to 12,869. Enditem