Protesters denounce measures 
 imposed to combat the spread 
 of virus march through central 
 London on Saturday.
Protesters denounce measures imposed to combat the spread of virus march through central London on Saturday.
—AFP

Dhaka

The Bangladesh government has announced its decision to impose a nationwide strict lockdown for a week from Monday in an effort help curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country, asking people to avoid non-essential trips. The decision was announced on Friday night amid the ongoing resurgence of Covid-19 cases across the country, reports Xinhua news agency.

The announcement was made hours after the 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 cases on Friday, taking the overall tally to 878,804 with 13,976 deaths.

The officials said: “The lockdown would be in place for 7 days from June 28.”

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.

Sydney extends lockdown to more areas: Australia’s most populous state of New South Wales (NSW) on Saturday extended lockdown to more areas in its capital Sydney as local Covid-19 transmissions continued to rise.

From 6 pm on Saturday, a 2-week lockdown will be imposed in Greater Sydney and surrounding areas including Wollongong, Blue Mountains and the Central Coast.

The new restrictions will last until midnight of July 9.

Meanwhile, New Zealand suspended travel bubble arrangement with Australia amid the virus outbreak.

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