by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka; –
The government has extended the Covid-19 restrictions for yet another week, but eased many of them to allow nationwide passenger transportation services, which was banned more than seven weeks ago as part of the virus shutdown.
The restrictions imposed in early April will remain in force until May 30 now, said a government order issued on Sunday putting a number of conditions to allow transport and dine-in services at the restaurants.
The government decision came following the review of the daily infections and deaths caused by the novel coronavirus which cased the Covid-19 disease. It has been shown that the number of daily deaths and caseloads have reduced in the past weeks.
The government order said the long-haul buses, trains and ferry services will resume operations from Monday. But they have carry passengers at half their capacity.
Restaurants can also serve food to their guests keeping half their seats vacant, it added.
The government on April 5 enforced an initial nine-day lockdown shutting offices, shopping malls and transport as the second wave of the virus began sweeping Bangladesh.
The shutdown was then extended in phases with the government gradually allowing city-buses to ply on limited scale and the malls to reopen maintaining health guidelines a week ahead of Muslims celebration of Eid-al-Fitr festival.
The Eid was observed on May 14.
Bangladesh so far reported some 789,080 cases and 12,376 deaths since the first cases were detected in March last year.