COVID-19: ‘Alarming’ virus surge prompts new Bangladesh lockdown

Dhaka: Bangladesh has announced it will impose a tough new lockdown starting Monday, after a “dangerous and alarming” surge in Delta variant cases of coronavirus.

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All government and private offices will be shut for a week and only medical-related transport will be allowed, the government said late Friday.

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“No one can step out of their homes except in emergency cases,” a statement added.

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Health department spokesman Robed Amin said police and border guards would be deployed to enforce the lockdown and the army may be involved if needed.

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“It is a dangerous and alarming situation. If we don’t contain it now, we will face an India-like situation,” Amin told AFP, referring to a surge in cases in neighbouring India in April and May.

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Infection rates have been rising sharply since mid-May in Bangladesh, home to around 170 million people.

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On Friday the government recorded almost 6,000 new cases and 108 fatalities, the second-highest death toll yet in the pandemic.

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Authorities say the situation in districts near the Indian border is catastrophic, with hospitals in the cities of Khulna and Rajshahi overwhelmed.

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Infection numbers in India have fallen sharply in recent weeks, with fewer than 50,000 new cases reported on Friday, down from more than 400,000 daily in early May.

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But authorities in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on Friday tightened restrictions because of concerns about a new variant, Delta plus, around 50 cases of which have been reported nationwide.

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