Bangladesh on Tuesday reported 7,213 new Covid-19 cases and 66 deaths — its highest daily increases in new infections and fatalities since the outbreak began, the country’s Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said in a statement.
This comes a day after the South Asian nation went into a seven-day nationwide lockdown following a fresh surge in new cases.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said Tuesday all educational institutions including Islamic schools, known as madrasas, will remain closed until further notice, according to state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).
Bangladesh from Saturday has banned the entry of air travelers originating from European countries — except the UK — and 12 other nations, including Brazil and South Africa, until April 18, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) said in a statement. The CAAB said it made the decision after “reviewing the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic situation throughout the country and globally.”
The airline authority also banned all commercial domestic flights until Sunday.
Along with Bangladesh, other countries in the densely populated South Asian region, such as India and Pakistan, have been reporting high numbers of new Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.