Dhaka to be isolated as soon as night falls; Circular issued
Published: 07:42 PM, 21 June 2021 Updated: 10:00 PM, 21 June 2021
A strict lockdown has been declared in the seven surrounding districts of Dhaka to protect Bangladesh’s capital town from the horrific outbreak of coronavirus. With this, Dhaka will be practically isolated from the rest of the country from tomorrow (Tuesday, June 22). The lockdown will effect till June 30.
An order from the Cabinet Division on Monday said the ban would take effect from 6 am on Tuesday to midnight on June 30. Manikganj, Narayanganj, Munshiganj, Gazipur, Madaripur, Rajbari and Gopalganj will be subject to this restriction.
According to the order, all activities (including public transport, movement) in these seven districts will be closed during the lockdown. However, law and order and emergency services — such as agricultural products (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, freight trucks/ lorry will be exempted from this ban.
Earlier in a briefing, Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam said the lockdown would be effective till June 30 in Narayanganj, Gazipur, Munshiganj, Manikganj, Rajbari, Madaripur and Gopalganj.
He added that no Dhaka-bound vehicles will be allowed to run from these districts. Besides, all government-private-semi-government institutions in the area will remain closed. It has even been decided to keep the movement of the general public halted.