Authorities have extended the ongoing lockdown in the Natore and Singra municipal areas of Natore district by one more week to stem the spread of Covid-19.
A sudden surge in the infection rate, from 20 per cent to a whopping 60 per cent, in recent days, forced the district administration to extend the lockdown in the two municipal areas.
The lockdown will remain in force till June 22, said deputy commissioner Mohammad Shahriaz.
Earlier, on June 8, the authorities decided to enforce a week-long lockdown in the two municipal areas from June 9 to contain the spread of Covid-19.
During the lockdown, all modes of public transport will stay off the roads. However, the movement restrictions won't apply on vehicles providing emergency services.
Moreover, all shops, markets and restaurants will remain closed, except for grocery stores and pharmacies. This is to allow people to buy their daily essentials and medicines from their local grocers and chemists, respectively.
Amid a desperate bid to procure vaccines for all, Bangladesh on Monday reported 54 fresh coronavirus-related deaths and 3,050 new cases in 24 hours -- both record figures in a month.
The country last recorded 56 deaths on May 9 and a record 3,031 cases on April 27.
With the new numbers, the country's total caseload and deaths have now reached 8,29,972 and 13,172, respectively, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.