Decision regarding cargo vessels yet to be taken
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has suspended all passenger launch services across the country till further notice over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“All passenger launch services will remain suspended until further notice,” BIWTA Director (Traffic) Md Rafiqul Islam Talukder confirmed the Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday.
He, however, said the decision regarding cargo vessels is yet to be taken.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh Railway Authority suspended all local, commuter, and mail train services across the country to control the spread of coronavirus.
The services were suspended from Monday midnight and will remain suspended till further notice.
As of Monday, Bangladesh confirmed three coronavirus deaths since the outbreak of the deadly pandemic in the country. The number of total infected now stands at 33.
On the same day, Bangladesh government declared a 10-day shutdown, effective from March 26 to April 4, to battle the spread of the coronavirus.
Both the private and public sectors, except emergency services, would come to a temporary halt.
Educational institutions will stay closed during this period but banks will remain open to facilitate the financial transaction for their clients.
On the other hand, Bangladesh’s armed forces will start assisting the administration in every divisional and district town from Tuesday, to ensure that people maintain social distance and are taking precautionary measures to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading further.
Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus, which was first reported in China’s Wuhan has killed at least 16,558 people across the world and infected 381,649 till date.
At least 102,429 people have recovered from the virus which has spread to 195 countries.