BANGLADESH (AP) – Bangladesh has been blocking shopping malls and transport for a week since Monday to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as infection and death rates have risen in recent weeks.
Health officials say hospital resuscitation units have come under increasing pressure in recent weeks due to severe cases of infection.
Domestic flights, river transport and rail operations were suspended on Monday, while only emergency services will continue to operate. Banks will work only two and a half hours a day. Industries are allowed to operate, but must help their employees to travel.
The government asked people not to go out from 6 pm to 6 am
But shopkeepers and workers in Elephant Road, Dhaka, took to the streets demanding that the authorities allow their shops to run.
On the streets of the capital, Dhaka, they saw several wheelchairs և cars running, which usually get stuck on any busy day. Tra traffic police eavesdropped on cyclists to check their documents.
Local TV stations report that the blockade is being enforced in many cities.
The nationwide blockade is the second for the South Asian nation since it was lifted two months after the end of March last year.
On the eve of the blockade, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged people to help curb the spread of the virus in a speech to parliament.
“I know everyone will face difficulties. “Nevertheless, I say that lives should be given priority over everything,” Hasina said.
Bangladesh reported 637,364 deaths, including 9,266 deaths from COVID-19.