Educational institutions closed for two weeks amid Covid surge


The government has decided to keep all educational institutions closed for two weeks in light of the recent surge in Covid-19 infections in the country.

In a notification on Friday, the Cabinet Division said that schools, colleges and equivalent educational institutions will remain closed from January 21 to February 6.

The universities will take similar measures, it said, before stipulating some new restrictions
Carrying vaccination certificates has been made mandatory while travelling by bus.

Attendance at any social, political and religious event must not exceed 100 and those in attendance must produce their vaccine certificates or a Covid-19 negative PCR test report conducted within 24 hours, according to the new restrictions.

Staff at all offices and factories must also have their vaccination certificate with them.
The government has also mandated the wearing of masks outdoors, which will be monitored by local administrations and law enforcers.

Speaking at a media call at the health directorate on Friday, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said: “We have decided to shut down all educational institutions for the next two weeks. The prime minister has cleared it.”
Over 1,000 Covid-19 patients are hospitalized in Dhaka alone, he said, adding that a third of the total number of beds are occupied.
The healthcare system would be overwhelmed if the situation deteriorates further, Maleque said.
Bangladesh recorded 10,888 new Covid-19 cases at an infection rate of 26.37% in the 24 hours to 8am on Thursday.

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