Streets ‘completely’ empty on 2nd day of strict lockdown
Published: 12:32 PM, 24 July 2021 Updated: 04:06 PM, 24 July 2021
Today (Saturday, July 24) is the second day of the government-announced 14-day strict lockdown to curb the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic outbreak. Almost all the roads in the capital have been empty since Saturday morning. It goes without saying that there are absolutely no vehicles on the road. However, a small number of vehicles including private cars, rickshaws, motorcycles and ambulances were seen.
Police checkposts were seen at various places in the capital including Abdullahpur, Azampur, Airport, Khilkhet, Mohakhali, Badda, Rampura, Mogbazar and Kakrail. If anyone comes out unnecessarily, they have to be held accountable. Many are getting a discount only after giving the correct answer.
Meanwhile, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested 403 people on the first day of the strict restrictions. Iftekharul Islam, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of the DMP’s media and public relations department, said on Friday evening that 403 people had been arrested in raids in different police stations in the capital for “roaming without any urgent need”. Besides, 203 people have been fined Tk 1,27,270 through the mobile court.
Police, BGB as well as the army are on the ground to ensure the 14-day strict lockdown. Army patrols have been seen on various roads in the capital. State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain has said that the administration will be “stricter than last time”.
He said offices-courts, garments-factories and everything export-oriented would be closed. This is going to be the strictest ban ever. People will not need to come out at this time – because there is no point in going to the office. Those who have been to the village know that the office is closed. They have to come after August 5.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Shipping has informed that all types of vehicles carrying passengers on the ferry will be closed under the restrictions. Only emergency cargo vehicles and ambulances will be allowed to cross following the strict hygiene rules.
However, the sectors related to the skin of sacrificial animals, food products and industrial companies producing products and medicines for the prevention of Covid-19 will be exempted from the restrictions.
Apart from this, banking activities will be limited from Sunday. At the same time, the office of the insurance company and the stock market will be open. The strict 14-day ban will continue till 12 am on August 5.