Bangladesh reimposes 'stricter' 14-day nationwide shutdown after Eid

Bangladesh on Friday reimposed a “stricter" 14-day nationwide shutdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, amid mounting fear that easing of restrictions ahead of Eid when tens of millions of people returned to their villages may result in a rise in COVID-19 cases. The government said everyone must stay indoors as offices, courts, garment factories and all other export-oriented industries will remain closed. "The stricter lockdown has been ordered for the next 14 days . . . unlike the previous restrictions export-oriented factories will come under its purview," a cabinet division spokesman said on Friday. Junior minister for public administration Farhad Hossain said: "this lockdown will be stricter than the one imposed last time". His comments came as army troops and paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel joined hands with police in enforcing the shutdown on the streets of the capital Dhaka and other cities and their entry points.

Dhaka streets were largely deserted and commuters were seen walking to their destination on the first day of the 14-day stricter lockdown. The security personnel in uniform have set up makeshift checkpoints to restrict peoples’ movement without emergency needs.