Farhad: Decision to extend restrictions after observing for a week

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The government will take further decisions on extending ongoing movement restrictions, including closure of educational institutions and operating offices with half manpower, after observing the situation for seven more days, State Minister for Public Administration Farhad Hossain has said.

He was speaking at a press briefing at the Secretariat on Monday afternoon.

State Minister Farhad urged all to maintain health safety guidelines to stop the fresh surge of Omicron in Bangladesh.

He said: “Bangladesh is going through the third wave of Covid-19. Hopefully we can beat this wave successfully.

“Field administrations have been instructed to create awareness among people. Mobile courts will be conducted at various intersections across the country. People who travel without masks will be fined and punished,” Farhad added.

The state minister also said that office operations with half manpower have started and now those who are pregnant and sick will work from home.
Bangladesh logged 14,828 coronavirus infections on Monday. The infection rate climbed to 32.37% while the death toll stood at 15.

Amid growing concerns over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the government on January 13 announced restrictions on movement of people and public transport vehicles.

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