by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Bangladesh has extended the closure of its land border with neighbouring India banning cross border passenger travel for two more weeks to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.
The restriction on the border will now remain in effect until June 13, an official at the foreign ministry said.
Bangladeshi government initially slapped the cross-border travel ban on April 26 after patients detected with super spreader Indian variants of novel coronavirus, known as B.1.617.2. Transportation of goods is excluded from the ban.
Bangladesh, which so far reported 23 confirm Covid-19 cases having Indian variant, has also extended restrictions on people’s movement across the country for yet another week until June 6.
And an expert panel suggested complete lockdown in eight districts bordering with India to check the fast spreading variant of virus in other districts.
Bangladesh has reported 798,830 Covid-19 cases with 12,583 deaths since March last year, health officials said.