The Bangladesh government has decided to impose a nationwide strict lockdown for a week from Monday in view of the surge in Covid-19 in the country.

The government announced the decision on Friday night amid the ongoing resurgence of Covid-19 cases across the country, reports Xinhua news agency.

Bangladesh’s Press Information Department (PID) made the announcement hours after the health authorities reported the country’s second-highest daily deaths since the onset of the pandemic in March last year.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) reported 108 new fatalities and 5,869 new confirmed cases of on Friday, taking the overall tally to 878,804 with 13,976 deaths.

The lockdown would be in place for seven days from June 28, the government said in a statement.

It said all offices including government, semi-government, and private offices will be closed from Monday.

No one will be allowed to go outside except for trips for the absolute necessity, it noted.

Amid an uptrend in the new cases, river transport and railway and bus operations have already been suspended in the country, with the only exception for emergency services.

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