The Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF), being held for the first time in Purbachal this year, will continue despite the surge in Covid-19 cases, which prompted the government to issue fresh curbs on Friday.

The government on Friday imposed a five-point directive for the pandemic, and the fair activities will continue keeping those restrictions in mind, DITF Director Md Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury told an online news outlet.

Iftekhar, who is also secretary to the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), said the new restrictions did not say anything about the annual month-long fair.

“We started conducting a mobile court from Thursday and fined 11 people. A magistrate will work there today [Friday] as well. Anyone not masking up is being fined,” he added.

“We will abide by government restrictions.”

Meanwhile, Health Minister Zahid Maleque said people visiting the fare or other places, including tourist spots, will have to carry their vaccination certificates with them.

The government on Friday announced to keep all schools and colleges closed from January 21 to February 6 considering the recent surge in coronavirus infections.

The authorities have also mandated the wearing of masks outdoors, which will be monitored by local administrations and law enforcers.

Bangladesh recorded 10,888 new Covid-19 cases at an infection rate of 26.37% in the 24 hours to 8am on Thursday.

The country’s daily test positivity rate has been witnessing an increase since January 1.

A test positivity rate of over 5% is a cause for concern for any country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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