Police have strictly controlled the traffic movement, without any emergency, in Dhaka city by placing check posts on the entry and exit points to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“Nobody can enter or leave Dhaka city unless it is an emergency,” said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Deputy Commissioner (media) Md Masudur Rahman on Sunday morning.
According to the DMP, vehicles engaged in providing emergency services and necessity goods will be out of the restriction.
“If anyone drives a vehicle without proper reason, necessary action will be taken against him or her,” the deputy commissioner added.
Until May 15, the city reported 57.89% of the total Covid-19 cases, according to the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).
Bangladesh reported its first three Covid-19 cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18. The government declared a general holiday from March 26 to curb the transmission of novel coronavirus.
However, people hardly paid any attention to the government’s request to stay indoors.
On April 8, Dhaka was partially locked down. All the entry and exit points were restricted and more than 50 areas of the city were locked down by the authorities.
As the situation worsened, the health authorities on April 16 declared the whole country vulnerable to infection and imposed heavy restrictions on movement.
Recently, the government lifted restrictions on opening shops ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr, but many shopping malls and market owners decided to stay shut until the religious festival scheduled to be celebrated by the end of May.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her administration was working to gradually reopen some sectors, including the labour-intensive apparel sector, but health experts and economists have urged the government to keep them shut throughout May.
As the number of confirmed cases jumped, the government extended the general holidays in phases to May 30.
The total number of Covid-19 patients in Bangladesh shot past 22,000 on Sunday, as 1,273 more people tested positive in the span of 24 hours. During the period, 14 people also died of Covid-19, taking the death toll to 328.