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Coronavirus: Public transport shutdown extended till May 16

  • Published at 08:38 pm May 4th, 2020
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People had to turn to whatever they could find to commute in Dhaka as all public transport save one were suspended Focus Bangla

The Road Transport and Highways Division also directed all concerned not to carry people on cargo vehicles

The public transport services will remain suspended across the country until May 16 in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Road Transport and Highways Division said Monday.

It said land, river, and seaport activities, important services on roads and rivers, including food supplies, daily commodities, fuel, medicines, agricultural and industrial goods, fertiliser, fisheries, baby foods and essential items, relief goods, electronic and print media will remain out of the purview of the suspension.

The authorities also directed all concerned not to carry people on cargo vehicles.

Earlier in the day, the government again extended the ongoing general holidays till May 16 as the coronavirus situation showed no signs of improvement.

It also shut down educational institutions, banned gatherings, imposed restrictions on movement and urged people to stay indoors to help the country fight the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, the government permitted shops, markets and shopping malls to keep open from 10am to 4pm in a limited scale during the general holidays from May 10.

People have been told to say where they are and not to travel during Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

Bangladesh has so far recorded 10,143 coronavirus cases and 182 deaths.

The country reported its highest daily new cases on Monday with the detection of 688 patients.

As of Monday, Bangladesh confirmed 10,143 coronavirus cases with the death toll rising to 182 after five new fatalities were reported.

Till now the fast spreading coronavirus has claimed more than 249,000 lives and infected more than 3,590,000 people globally, according to Worldometer.

As many as 1,165,871 people have recovered from Covid-19, which has spread to 210 countries and territories across the world.