State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain has said that the government will actively consider the recommendation of a 14-day ‘complete shutdown’ in the country to control coronavirus infection.
Shutdown in Bangladesh
As the coronavirus epidemic continues to grow in the country, the government has claimed that it is ready to declare a complete nationwide shutdown to help stop the Covid-19 infection.
State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told media on Thursday evening that the authorities could impose the shutdown at any time, a move that is tougher than last year.
Earlier in the day, the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) of Covid-19 recommended that it push for a two-week nationwide shutdown.
A statement issued by NTAC chief professor Mohammad Shahidullah on Thursday afternoon said the government panel had accepted the suggestion at a meeting on Wednesday night.
Although the press release did not specify what the shutdown was, Professor Dr. Shahidullah said it had a strict lockdown as no other office would be allowed to operate except in emergencies.
The pool of experts has confirmed that the growing situation cannot be controlled without shutting down the country.
Day after day, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain told the media that the government was monitoring the situation and acting accordingly.
Calling for a shutdown, he added, “We assume that we need to take such action before we can take the necessary action.”
The state minister said a lock has already been imposed in the vicinity of Kaka and seven districts in its vicinity as the situation in the border areas is deteriorating.
“So, the government is ready to reach a decision at any time. We are monitoring the situation very closely and the shutdown may be imposed more severely than last year, ”the state minister said.
The latest report of the World Health Organization (WHO) states that 43 districts of the country are at very high risk and 15 more, including Dhaka, are at high risk.