COVID-19: Bangladesh extends lockdown till May 23 

WION Web Team
Dhaka  Published: May 17, 2021, 02:01 PM(IST)

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Bangladesh's Cabinet Division announced the decision in a circular on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency

Bangladesh has again extended the ongoing lockdown to May 23 in light of the current COVID-19 situation in the country and neighbouring India, which is battling a devastating second wave of the pandemic. 

Bangladesh's Cabinet Division announced the decision in a circular on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency. 

To combat the spread of the disease, Bangladesh declared an eight-day lockdown effective from April 14 to 21, which was later extended in phases to May 16. 

According to the latest circular, offices and organisations related to revenue collection have been kept out of the purview of the restrictions. 

Hotels and restaurants will be allowed to provide takeaway or online services during the period, it said. 

On Saturday night, Bangladesh extended the closure of all secondary and higher secondary educational institutions following the surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths since March. 

On Sunday, the country’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) reported 363 new COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths, which increased the overall infection tally and fatalities to 780,159 and 12,149. 

(With inputs from agencies) 

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