The government of Bangladesh is considering resuming public transport in the country with strict adherence to the health directives.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said in Dhaka on Saturday that the transporters will need to keep 50 percent of the seats vacant with enhanced fare as already announced earlier.
Earlier, the government had announced the opening of shops and malls on a limited scale from Sunday even while the countrywide lockdown remains in force till April 28. Domestic flights and special flights to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Singapore and China have also been allowed to operate since the last few days.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) issued a circular on Saturday specifying new quarantine rules for the special flights. All incoming and outgoing passengers who have received two doses of the COVID 19 vaccination and have COVID 19 negative certificate will have to undergo 14 day home quarantine. Those who are COVID negative but have not received both the doses of the COVID vaccination will need to complete a three day long institutional quarantine at government nominated facilities. Subsequently, if the RT PCR test is negative, they will have to complete 11 days of home quarantine. In case the COVID test comes positive, such passengers will undergo isolation at the government nominated facilities at their own expense.
On Saturday, Bangladesh reported 83 COVID 19 deaths and 2697 fresh corona positive cases in the country. The death toll has gone up to 10,952. However, the sample positivity rate declined further to13.11 percent, said the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).