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