The government is set to announce a nation-wide lockdown from Monday (April 05) due to the alarming increase of coronavirus infection. After hearing the news, people in Manikganj thronged to grocery stores to buy essential commodities.
On Saturday (April 03) noon, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader briefed media at his official residence in the capital over the upcoming announcement of lockdown.
He said, “The government is set to announce a nation-wide lockdown Monday for a week from. After the news went viral on social media and internet, grocery stores in Manikganj teemed with customers with many people thronging the stores to buy essential commodities. However, the news of the lockdown has left the city’s shopping malls empty of buyers.
Fish trader Bahar Uddin said, “The amount of fish that I usually bring to the market, it takes long hours to sell. However, fish sales have increased since the news of the lockdown at noon. By the afternoon all the fishes were sold out.”
The urban-dweller Toufiqur Rahman said, “The supply of vegetables may be reduced as transport will remain closed during the seven-day lockdown. If the supply decreases, the price may also increase. So I am going to buy vegetables for a few days.”
A person named Faisal said, “Last year there was a financial loss during the shutdown enforced due to the coronavirus outbreak. The business is going well since the last January. Buyers have been declining since mid-March. And since the news of the lockdown today, there are no buyers in the market.”
Deputy Commissioner (DC) SM Ferdous said, “We have yet not received the official notification from the government over the lockdown. However, the district administration is active over the health guidelines. if notification is received, action will be taken as per instructions.”