Dhaka, Jul 1(UNI): Bangladesh has gone into a strict week long COVID-19 lockdown, with the army and police ordered to stop people leaving their homes except for emergencies or to buy essentials, officials said here on Thursday.
Army troopers have been deployed to patrol alongside civilian forces during the shutdown, which begins on Thursday, Al Jazeera reported.
According to the government order offices and transportation would be shut during the seven-day lockdown, excluding the emergency services.
Dhaka’s police chief told reporters anyone leaving home without reason would be fined and may face arrest. “If we need to file 5,000 cases and arrests a day, we will,” Shafiqul Islam told a news conference.