All programmes had also been cancelled last year to avoid mass gatherings to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Bangladesh is now seeing a spike in Covid-19 cases and deaths for the last few weeks.

The country saw the highest number of daily infections with 7,626 new cases reported until early Wednesday since the outbreak began in March last year.

Also, the country recorded 63 more deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.

Although the government enforced a 7-day lockdown from 5 April restricting people’s movement, shutting shops, markets and suspending operations of public transport, people took it lightly and are moving around freely defying the restriction, posing risks of more transmission.

Also, the movement of city buses resumed on 7 April, just two days after the enforcement of the lockdown, as the government has allowed public transport services in city corporation areas.

Hospitals are struggling to provide treatment to the increasing number of coronavirus patients with their limited resources.

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