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Lockdown to be imposed if 11-point restrictions ignored: Minister

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Published: 13:11, 15 January 2022   Update: 13:18, 15 January 2022
Lockdown to be imposed if 11-point restrictions ignored: Minister

Heath and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque. Photo: Collected

The government will impose lockdown to curb the ongoing surge of coronavirus, if the 11-point restrictions are breached, Heath and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said on Saturday.

“Lockdown will cause a lot of damage to the country. Despite this, we will impose lockdown to control the surge if the 11-point restrictions are violated,” Maleque said while talking to reporters after attending a function at Manikganj Sadar Hospital this noon.

The infection rate of the coronavirus is on the rise and the country’s overall situation will take into a terrible turn if the 11-pont instructions are ignored, the health minister said calling up on the countrymen to abide by the health rules.

The infection rate of the coronavirus saw an upward trend, the government on January 10, issued an 11-point restrictions with effect from January 13 to halt the spread of the virus.

The 11-point directives are:

1. All at shops, shopping malls, and markets and in hotels and restaurants will have to wear masks. Otherwise, the rule violators will have to face legal action

2. The use of masks at offices, courts in and outsides of the house will have to be ensured. The government will operate mobile courts to monitor if the rules are breached

3. People will have to show their vaccine certificates when they will take food at restaurants and stay at hotels

4. Students aged over 12 years will not be allowed to enter their respective educational institutions unless they take their vaccines within the government stipulated time

5. The number of screenings will have to be increased at all land ports, seaports, and airports. No crew will be allowed to come out of ships at seaports while at land ports, only a driver can come out of vehicles. The people who come to airports to see off outbound passengers will have to be denied entry.

6. Trains, buses and launches will have to run at half of their passenger capacity and the authorities concerned will announce a specific date for enforcing the rules in the transport sector. All drivers and their assistants will have to be coronavirus vaccine certificate holder

7. Inbound people must show their vaccine certificate mandatorily

8. Imams during the recitation of Friday khutba will make people aware in maintaining the health rules while the district and upazila nirbahi officers will ensure implementation of the rules

9. The health and family welfare minister will undertake necessary steps to accelerate inoculation of booster dose campaign while information and broadcast ministry will help the effort make successful

10. All kinds of social, political, cultural and religious events in open places will remain prohibited until further notice

11. Local administration will take steps if any unusual circumstance is created in any area