The government of Bangladesh issued a gazette notification on Friday with a new set of restrictions to control the upward trend of coronavirus infections across the country.
Earlier on Friday Health Minister Zahid Maleque in a press briefing at the office of the Directorate General of Health Services said all educational institutions will remain closed for the next two weeks from January 21 till February 6 due to the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country.
He said, “As we can see, coronavirus infection is on the rise in the country. After consulting the Prime Minister, it has been decided to close schools and colleges for the next two weeks.”
Mentioning that the Covid situation across the country has deteriorated he said, “One-third of hospital beds in Dhaka are now occupied with Covid-19 patients. The infection is increasing as people are not following health rules despite the issuance of 11-point directive by the government. If the situation continues no bed will remain empty in hospitals.”
“At the same time, not more than one hundred people can take part in marriage and religious ceremonies. Everyone must have their vaccination certificate,” he added.
The Health Minister said the book fair will start from February 15 and the BPL match which started on January 21 will continue.
He further said one has to enter the stadium to watch BPL matches, book fair, and trade fair by showing vaccine certificate and Covid test certificate.
“The government may impose restrictions, but it is the responsibility of people to follow the instruction. Only they can continue the economic progress of the country,” he said.
Zahid Maleque said the government will issue a notification soon instructing public and private organisations to function with half employees at offices.
“Decision has been made in this regard. An official notification will be issued soon,” he added.
According to the newly issued six-point directive, schools and colleges will remain shut for the next two weeks and the universities have been asked to take similar steps.
No religious, political and social event can have more than 100 people.
People taking part in such events must obtain either vaccination certificate or negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test report not older than 24 hours before joining the events, the notification said.
Employees of all government, non-governmental organizations and industries must have their vaccine certificates.
Everyone must wear mask at all public places including kitchen market, shopping malls, bus stand, launch terminal and railway station.
Local administration and law enforcers will be constantly monitoring the situation, added the notification.