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The government has imposed strict restrictions in the districts around the capital Dhaka.
These seven central districts of the country are Manikganj, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Gazipur, Madaripur, Rajbari and Gopalganj.
The decision was made after the coronavirus infection situation indicated that it would return to its worst state in April.
Announcing the decision to block seven districts on Monday (June 21), Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said, “Everything will be closed. People will not be able to travel. Nothing will work except freight trucks and ambulances. The districts will be blocked, no one will be able to enter. ”
If you want to enter Dhaka from anywhere in the country, you have to come through Manikganj or Narayanganj or Munshiganj or Gazipur.
After the cabinet secretary announced the decision, the railway department said the train would not stop even if it passed through these districts.
And BIWTA and Bangladesh Road Transport Owners Association have announced to stop all long distance buses and launches.
On the same day that the Cabinet Division announced the decision, the Department of Health identified another 4,636 Kovid-19 patients in the country in the last 24 hours and reported the deaths of six people.
This number of patients identified in one day is the highest in the last nine weeks. Earlier, in the second wave of infection, on April 14, 5,165 new patients were identified in one day.
In the wake of the second wave of infections, the country was banned from leaving the country without emergency work from April 14.
Then, in May, some of the restrictions were relaxed as the infection subsided. However, as the delta strain of coronavirus began to spread, infections and deaths in the country began to rise again in early June.
The current general ban was extended by one month on June 16, but the blockade was imposed in various districts of the border due to high contagion.
These include Satkhira, Mongla in Bagerhat, Jessore Municipality, Abhaynagar, Benapole, Sharsha, Kushtia Sadar, Chuadanga, Damurhuda, Puro Magura, Rajshahi City Corporation, Natore Municipality and Singra and Bogra Municipalities.
After that, the districts around Dhaka were blocked from 8 am on Tuesday to midnight on June 30.
According to the cabinet order, all activities (including public transport) in these seven districts will be closed during the ban.
However, law and order and emergency services, such as agricultural inputs (fertilizers, seeds, pesticides, agricultural machinery, etc.), food grains and food transport, relief distribution, health care, Covid-19 vaccination, electricity, water, gas / fuel, fire Services, port (river port) activities, telephone and internet (public-private), media (print and electronic media), private security system, offices related to other urgent and essential goods and services including postal services, their employees and vehicles and freight trucks / Lorry will not be subject to this ban.
The cabinet secretary was asked what would happen in the case of these seven districts, even though the ban was lifted recently.
“Everything will be closed except for emergency services,” he replied.
Asked if there were any new restrictions on Dhaka, he said, “No decision has been made yet.”
Following the decision of the Cabinet Division, the Railway Department decided not to stop trains in these seven districts.
Railway Minister Nurul Islam Sujan said, “Trains will not stop in the seven districts where there is a lockdown if there are railway stations. No passengers will get on or off from there and trains will pass directly to those areas. If there is a direct train running in the locked down districts, the train will not run in those districts either. ”
Later that night, the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) announced the closure of launches on all routes from Dhaka, although in the afternoon they issued an emergency notification to stop shipping in only seven districts.
At night, BIWTA Deputy Director Mizanur Rahman said, “Passenger launches from Dhaka and across the country, including launch communications in seven districts, will be closed from 8 am on Tuesday (June 22) until further notice.”
Launches operate on 43 routes in the southern part of the country from Dhaka.
These restrictions do not apply to vessels carrying goods and providing emergency services.
Mizanur added that all but seven districts will be able to run small inland small routes.
Although different districts were locked down at different times during the one year of the epidemic, traffic was allowed on the highways over those districts.
Although the cabinet announcement did not say anything clear this time, the Bangladesh Road Transport Owners’ Association said it would stop long-distance bus services, saying it had received instructions from the government.
Secretary General of the organization Khandaker Enayet Ullah said, “Long-distance bus services will be closed across the country from Tuesday. Vehicles from other districts pass through the districts around Dhaka. Since these areas are locked down, long-distance vehicles are closed. ”
Meanwhile, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Munibur Rahman said he had not received any written instructions to impose a ban on buses plying through these districts.
Meanwhile, with the increase in coronavirus infection in the last few days, the patient pressure in the hospitals of Dhaka has started increasing again. The number of patients has also increased in the ICUs of hospitals.

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