7-day countrywide lockdown from Monday: Obaidul Quader
The government has decided to impose a seven-day countrywide lockdown from Monday (April 5), considering the current Covid-19 situation, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said today.
Public Administration Ministry will inform the details on the lockdown by this evening, the minister said during a briefing.
Factories can be operated on conditions, the minister added.
Earlier in the day, State Minister for Public Administration, Forhad Hossain, said that the government is likely to announce a weeklong lockdown across the country within two-three days due to the surge in coronavirus cases.
Organisations providing emergency services will remain out of the purview of the lockdown, he said during a briefing.
Industries will remain open and employees will have to work in shifts, following health guidelines.
Earlier, the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19 had recommended "partial or modified" lockdown of "high-risk" areas.
According to the health directorate, the government has classified Dhaka, Narayanganj, and Chattogram as "high risk" zones. Four districts -- Rangamati, Rajshahi, Rajbari, and Narsingdi -- have been classified as "medium risk" zones while 27 have been bracketed as "low risk" zones.
The committee also suggested that the government increase the number of general and ICU beds at hospitals for coronavirus patients.
Prof Iqbal Arsalan, president of Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad and also a member of the technical committee, earlier said strategic plan and actions based on the government's 18-point directive, issued on Monday, should be devised immediately.