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No movement pass to be allowed during hard lockdown: Cabinet secy

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No one will be allowed to go outside during the hard lockdown that is going to be started from Thursday (July 1).

Besides, people with movement pass will not be allowed this time.

Cabinet secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam told media at a briefing at the Secretariat on Monday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting held at the Cabinet room of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.

The strict lockdown will be continued till 12 midnight July 7.

Apart from police, Army and BGB men would be deployed during the weeklong lockdown to contain COVID-19 outbreak in Bangladesh.

The Cabinet Secretary said a notification will be issued on Tuesday to inform the government’s orders regarding the restrictions.

“We’re going in a very strict view to execute the movement restrictions from 6am on July 1 to 12am on July 7,” he said, replying to a question from reporters.

Only those who are in emergency services are allowed in outside during the restriction, he added.

Mentioning that all forces including the Armed Forces, BGB and Battalion Police will be engaged here, Anwarul Islam said, “They (forces) will patrol and take legal action if anyone violates (the restriction).”

The forces have given the authority to take all necessary measures to executive the restriction and asked to remain alert so that people cannot break it, he said.

In the cabinet meeting, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief was given a clear directive to sort out a programme to ensure proper assistances for the poor particularly in the urban areas during the upcoming restriction as it did in the last year, he said.

Mentioning that a meeting was held with the Home Minister in the chair on Saturday last to discuss about the restrictions, he said they will sit in a meeting again to discuss about the restrictions details and then the government’s orders will be informed through issuing a notification on Tuesday.

He said the government cannot go for a strict restriction till 30 June on some realistic grounds. So, it will start on July 1, he added.

Anwarul Islam said the Covid infection rate has declined significantly in Chapainawabganj due to strict execution of the restrictions there.

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