Bangladesh extends COVID-19 lockdown, softens restrictions for factories

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DHAKA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh on Thursday extended the ongoing lockdown of offices and workplaces to May 5 but softened its restrictions on factories to pave the way for reopening despite the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country.

Bangladesh's Public Administration Ministry announced the decision in a circular Thursday. To combat COVID-19, Bangladesh had earlier declared a 10-day lockdown effective from March 26 to April 4. Later, the government extended it to April 14 and on April 10 extended it further to April 25.

According to the latest order, factories can resume operations and should ensure the safety of their employees and workers.

Depending on the situation, it said public transport operation will also resume gradually in the country.

Bangladesh health officials Thursday confirmed another seven deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 127 since March 18.

Also 414 more people tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total cases in the country to 4,186.

The disease has so far reportedly spread to 58 out of 64 districts of Bangladesh with several clusters detected in Dhaka and on the outskirts of the capital city. Enditem

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