DHAKA: Bangladesh on Monday prolonged a strict nationwide lockdown, confining folks to their properties for an additional week as coronavirus instances and deaths each hit new data.
Authorities stated a report 164 folks had died within the earlier 24 hours, whereas nearly 1,000 examined optimistic — essentially the most single day-infections for the reason that first case was detected in March final 12 months.
Nazrul Islam, a high virologist and member of a high-powered nationwide technical committee that requested the federal government to increase the lockdown, stated the scenario is “extremely bad”.
“The Delta variant is responsible for 70 percent of the infections. This variant is highly transmissible. And we still have not seen the peak yet,” he advised AFP.
Bangladesh has to this point reported almost 950,000 infections and greater than 15,000 deaths, figures specialists say are prone to be three to 4 instances lower than the precise caseload and fatalities.
Underneath the lockdown imposed initially of the month, and now prolonged till July 14, Bangladesh’s 168 million folks can solely depart residence for emergencies and to purchase necessities.
The military and police are patrolling the streets, there is no such thing as a public transport and outlets and workplaces are shut. Meals markets can open for a number of hours a day.
Within the capital Dhaka, residence to some 20 million folks, authorities have arrested greater than 2,000 folks for breaching lockdown guidelines.
Garment factories, a key pillar of Bangladesh’s export-oriented financial system, are exempted from the shutdown.
The well being division stated some 50 p.c of infections are occurring exterior the cities, with districts bordering India, the place the Delta variant first originated, worst hit.
“The situation is worsening every day. The lockdown seems to be working. We hope the extension of the lockdown will improve the situation,” a spokesman of the well being division advised AFP.