Crowds flock in Dhaka as B’desh govt eases some restrictions

People wearing face masks are seen on a bus in Dhaka.

Dhaka: Crowds flocked back to the streets of Dhaka as Bangladesh government has relaxed some restrictions on shopping at malls and congregational prayers at mosques, while the nationwide shutdown of the transport system was still in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On May 10, cars, trucks, rickshaws, auto-rickshaws small passenger carriers poured onto the streets of the capital, causing traffic congestion in many parts, bdnews24 reported.

Many residents were concerned that crowds, who were barely maintaining physical distancing, flocking back to the streets may lead to a more aggressive outbreak.

The streets from commercial hub Motijheel to Jatrabari, Hatkhola, Kakrail, Shantinagar, Mouchak, Rampura, Malibagh, Kilgaon and Arambagh were packed with vehicles, commuters and pedestrians on May 10.

This development comes as the country reported 887 new COVID-19 cases , the steepest jump over a 24-hour period, bringing the overall tally to 16, 660 as on May 13.

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