Bangladesh has extended restrictions on public activities and movement across the country until 3 August in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19, as the number of positive cases continues to increase.
Movement of vehicles, including trucks, lorries and cargo vessels, which are engaged in transporting commodities across highways and river routes, will continue to follow health guidelines issued by the Health Services Division. In approved regions, public transport, passenger vessels, trains and airplanes will be allowed to operate on a reduced scale and with a limited number of passengers onboard.
The Secretary of Health Services Division Abdul Mannan stated that Bangladesh would be among the first countries to have access to free COVID-19 vaccines due to the country's low per capita income. Once available, the government plans to distribute the vaccine gradually among 80 percent of the population.
In addition to the challenges of the pandemic, nearly one-third of Bangladesh has been hit by floods among the worst ever recorded in the country, which have affected over 3.3 million people.