Bangladesh extends lockdown to combat Covid-19 surge – News Vibe24

    Bangladesh extends lockdown to combat Covid-19 surge - Times of India
    Dhaka: Bangladesh on Monday extended a stricter block until July 14 to combat rising coronavirus cases, led by the highly contagious Delta variant, with areas bordering India being infected.
    The South Asian country reported 153 new deaths from corona on Sunday, the biggest daily rise since the pandemic began, bringing the death toll to 15,065. The total cases amount to 944,917.
    Hospitals are flooded with patients with coronary heart disease, especially in areas bordering India where the Delta variant was first identified. Bangladesh sealed its border with India in April, but trade continues.
    The increase in cases prompted the government to order a week of tight checks on Thursday, with army troops patrolling the streets.
    All measures have been extended, the government said in a statement. The closure caused migrant workers to leave the capital Dhaka for its villages.
    Factories are allowed to operate in compliance with health protocols, while all offices and transport remain closed awaiting basic goods and ambulances.
    Some workers find it difficult to survive without income.
    “During the lock-up, there is no work. If it continues, I do not know how to feed my family,” said Mohammad Manik, a father of two who works as a laborer in a kitchen market in Dhaka.
    “We will not be killed by the coronavirus, but by hunger.”
    Bangladesh received 2.5 million doses of vaccine from Moderna Inc. from the United States as part of the COVAX Global Exchange Program at the weekend. He also received two million doses of Sinopharm vaccine from China.
    Vaccination attempt in Bangladesh has been hit after India halted AstraZeneca shooting exports in response to a record rise in domestic infections, with just 3% of the 170 million population taking the required two doses.


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