Lockdown was extended for another week in Rajshahi city on Wednesday in an effort to bring the worsening coronavirus situation under control.
Abdul Jalil, deputy commissioner of Rajshahi, made the announcement following a meeting at his office on Wednesday afternoon.
Now the lockdown which started on June 11 will remain in force until June 30.
A seven-day lockdown was first imposed in Rajshahi city on June 11.
Later the authorities extended it for another week till June 24 to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission in the city.
During the lockdown, all modes of public transport will stay off the roads. However, vehicles providing emergency services will remain out of the purview of the restrictions.
Moreover, all shops, markets and restaurants will remain closed, except for grocery stores and pharmacies.
Notwithstanding the lockdown restrictions, the frontier district of Rajshahi is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 deaths with each passing day.
In fact, Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) on Wednesday recorded 16 new Covid-related deaths in 24 hours.
Of them, eight had tested positive for Covid-19, while the remaining showed symptoms of the virus, said hospital director Brigadier General Shamim Yeazdani.
Of the deceased, eight were from Rajsahi district, three from Chapainawabganj district, two each from Natore and Naogaon districts and one belonged to Jhenaidah district.
A total of 245 people died of Covid-19 at the corona unit of RMCH in the last 23 days, officials said.
Shamim said that 60 people were admitted to the corona unit of the hospital in 24 hours till Wednesday morning, reports UNB.