Bangladesh bans all flights as part of wider Covid-19 restrictions

Dhaka, April 12 (EFE) – The authorities in Bangladesh on Monday announced wider restrictions for a week, including suspending all domestic and international flights, amid a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the country.

The Cabinet Division of the Bangladesh government issued an order in this regard, saying that the restrictions would be effective from six in the morning on Apr.14 till midnight on Ap.21.

All public transports, including domestic and international flights, will be suspended while markets and shopping malls will remain closed, said the order.

The offices of all public, private and autonomous bodies will also remain closed during this period, it said.

Industries and factories, however, have been allowed to operate as long as they maintain certain necessary health guidelines.

The fresh restrictions come a little over a week after the Bangladesh government imposed a week-long lockdown starting Apr.3, which the authorities, however, have struggled to implement.

At least one person was killed after police opened fire to disperse a violent mob that attacked a police station in protest against the enforcement of a Covid-19 lockdown in central Bangladesh on Apr.5.

Bangladesh has registered over 5,000 cases per day since Mar.29, taking the total number of cases to 684,756 and 9,739 deaths so far.

Cases had begun to drop in January when Bangladesh registered less than 1,000 cases for 51 days in a row before the numbers starting rising again.

The authorities had already imposed some restrictions on Mar.19, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from Europe.

As part of an undeclared lockdown last year, Bangladesh imposed confinement for nearly two months that ended on May 30, during which offices, factories, schools, and markets remained shut.

Education institutions are yet to reopen since then. EFE


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