Strict lockdown underway for 2nd day
Published: 09:52 AM, 15 April 2021 Updated: 12:45 PM, 15 April 2021
Empty streets in lockdown; Photo: Tanvir Ahmed Sarkar
For the second day in a row, the ‘strict lockdown’ is underway across the country, including the capital Dhaka, to tackle coronavirus infection. There are strict restrictions on the movement of people and vehicles. The police are continuing their activities by setting up checkpoints to implement the lockdown.
On Thursday morning, while visiting the different areas of the capital, including Mirpur-13 and Mirpur-14, it was seen that the police are questioning the drivers or owners of vehicles, except those which are running for emergency services. The policemen also took position on the road to try to control the movement of people.
Only pedestrians are allowed to cross the checkpost if they are involved in emergency services. And those who are not under the emergency services are being returned.
Police said no one would be allowed out of the house without a “movement pass”.
Meanwhile, barricades have been set up on many roads and traffic has been stopped. However, emergency service vehicles are not able to move regularly. These vehicles are using alternate routes for movement.
On the other hand, the locals have set up barricades with bamboo in different places in different lanes of the Dhaka metropolis. However, small vehicles including rickshaws are able to move. Local volunteers are allowing people to move around just to buy daily commodities.
It is to be mentioned that the government announced the first lockdown from April 5 to April 11. Seeing the apathy of the people in that seven-day lockdown, the government declared a ‘strict lockdown’ in the second phase from 6:00 am on April 14 to midnight on April 21. The second day of that strict lockdown is underway today.