Ongoing lockdown extended till Aug 10  Over 18 going out unjabbed will be punished: Minister  Limited public transports from 11 Aug  Offices, shopping mall to resume Aug 11, unvaccinated won’t be allowed
Imrul Hosssain for DOT
 The ongoing nationwide lockdown has been extended till August 10, considering the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, report The Business Standard, The Daily Star, Bangladesh Journal.
 After that, the ongoing restrictions on public and vehicular movement will be relaxed in phases, Minister for Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Haque told reporters at the Secretariat after a meeting yesterday.
 Transports could ply the roads by rotation, he said, adding that the respective ministry and department will take necessary action in this regard. All markets and shops will reopen from August 11, the minister said.
 The government is planning to formulate an ordinance to force people to wear masks, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque, who was also present there.
 Meanwhile, unjabbed people above 18-years-old will not be allowed to go outside as the government has planned to relax the restrictions from 11 August. “The movement of people over 18 will be considered a punishable offense if they do not receive the jabs beforehand. An Ordinance could be issued in this regard,” said Liberation War Affairs Minister.
“The health ministry has managed vaccines to inoculate one crore people in six days. So anyone, over 18 and unjabbed, will have to face music for coming out to the streets,” he added.
 The minister also said, “As the markets will be reopened and public transports have been allowed to operate on a limited scale after lockdown, the staff of the shops and buses will have to take vaccine before joining their work.”
 The nationwide strict lockdown has been extended for five more days till 10 August amid the rising trend of Covid-19 infections in the country.
 Meanwhile, Bangladesh is set to revive its mass vaccination mission with a special drive to inoculate one crore people from 7 – 12 August.
The drive will be followed by vaccination of one crore people every month until the end of the year as the health authorities are more confident of getting the required supplies of vaccines from multiple sources.