Bangladesh Mahila Parishad today expressed deep concern over reopening of government and private offices, and public transport amid a surge in Covid-19 infections and deaths in the country.
The parishad members demanded that the government reconsiders its decisions, extends the shutdown and implements it strictly across the country.
"We are surprised to note that when the number of coronavirus infections in the country is increasing day by day and the death tally is getting higher, the government has announced to resume public transport [and operations of] government, non-government and autonomous organisations on limited scale from May 31," reads a statement by the organisation.
Reopening offices and public transport will put more public lives at risk, the parishad said.
"In this context, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad is demanding reconsideration of the notification by extending the shutdown and implementing a strict lockdown across the country," read the statement signed by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad Acting President Fawzia Moslem and its General Secretary Maleka Banu.
They also urged the government to ensure the new Covid-19 treatment centres are under management of the government.
It asked that financial assistance be ensured for those who need it the most.