News Desk, Dhaka::
Amid the dramatic surge in coronavirus infections, Bangladesh is going into a nationwide hard lockdown from Monday (June 28) until further notice.
In a notification on Friday, the Information Ministry said that all government and private offices, except for emergency services will remain closed during the lockdown.
All kinds of transportations apart from those transporting goods will remain suspended, it said before adding ambulances and vehicles used for healthcare services can operate.
Citizens have been asked to not leave their homes unless it was an emergency.
The Cabinet Division will issue a detailed notification on Saturday, reads the notification by Information Ministry.
The announcement comes after the national Covid-19 advisory panel recommended on Thursday imposing a nationwide shutdown for two weeks, with all kinds of offices remaining closed.
Soon after, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told the media that they were all set to impose a complete shutdown “any time”.
On Friday, the death toll from Covid-19 rose by 108, the second-highest single-day jump since the pandemic unfolded last year.
The caseload surged by 5,869 to 878,804, according to the latest government data. The daily infection rate rose to 21.22%, up from 15% a week ago.
Amid the dramatic surge in infections, public experts fear that the pandemic in Bangladesh could take a catastrophic turn.