Apr 3, 2021 - World

Bangladesh to enforce week-long lockdown amid swell of COVID-19 cases

Picture of two Bangladeshi health workers each collecting nasal swabs from people to test for coronavirus

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The Bangladeshi government on Saturday announced plans to impose a seven-day national lockdown starting Monday as coronavirus cases surge in the country, Bloomberg reports.

Details: Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader made the announcement in an online press conference in Dhaka, saying the country hit a record-high on Friday, with more than 6,800 new cases reported for the day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  • The Bangladeshi Minister of State for Public Administration, Farhad Hossain, said new lockdown guidelines would soon be released, India's Tribune reports.
  • "Factories will remain open and workers can work shifts by following hygiene rules," The Tribune writes.

By the numbers: The country has reported a total of 630,277 cases and more than 9,200 deaths since the start of the pandemic, per Johns Hopkins.

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