DHAKA, Bangladesh: Bangladesh began enforcing a weeklong nationwide lockdown Monday, shutting shopping malls and transportation as authorities try to stop a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths.
The decision came after health authorities said that they were facing overwhelming pressure in intensive care units in recent weeks because of severe infections. This is the second time the South Asian nation has enforced a virus lockdown after the first last March.
On Monday, authorities suspended operations of all domestic flights, river transport, and trains. Only emergency services will remain operational.
Banks will operate for only two and a half hours daily. Industries are allowed to operate but factory owners have to facilitate commute of their workers.
The government has asked people not to go out from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Owners and workers of shopping malls in Dhaka’s Elephant Road area took to the streets Monday, demanding that authorities allow them to run their shops.
Bangladesh has reported 637,364 virus cases since the pandemic began, with 9,266 deaths.