The Cabinet Division on Friday issued five-point fresh restrictions to contain the Covid-19 infection rate as the country witnessed a sharp rise of cases in the past few weeks.

The restrictions include

1. All schools, colleges and equivalent educational institutions will remain closed from January 21 to February 6.

2. The authorities of all universities will take similar measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

3. More than 100 people would not be allowed at religious, political, social and state programmes. Participants must obtain a vaccination certificate/RT-PCR Covid-19 test report not older than 24 hours.

4. Officers and employees of government, non-government organizations, industrial establishments and factories must receive vaccination certificates. The authorities of these organizations must bear responsibilities in this regard.

5. Everyone must wear a facemask at all public places such as at all places of worship as well as mosques, kitchen markets, shopping malls, bus stands, launch ghat and railway stations.

Local administration and law enforcers will be constantly monitoring the situation, according to a notification of the Cabinet Division.

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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