Staff Correspondent: The government has decided to suspend all transport, aviation and launch services targeting to control the spread of deadly coronavirus. But the essential services including ambulance, goods transportation services by air, rail and river ways will be remained as usual.
The government has suspended all domestic air connection in the country from yesterday midnight (March 25) till further notice. Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Mohibul Haque confirmed the matter to Daily Industry. Earlier in the day, the government suspended all public road transport amid the fears of novel coronavirus spread in the country from March 26 till April 4, said a press release of Road Transport and Highway Division. Similarly,
all train services across the country will be suspended from yesterday evening,
Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon disclosed the matter at a press briefing,
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has also suspended operations of all types of water vessels across the country. All 11 river ports will remain closed from 1pm yesterday to until further notice
Bangladesh government has suspended train services across the country from yesterday evening to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Disclosing the matter at a press briefing, Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujon said, “The train communications will remain suspended until further notice. Only goods-laden train will be operated.”
Earlier in the day, the government suspended all public transports and inland waterway services to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Bangladesh confirmed three deaths from the novel coronavirus and 33 cases till date.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has decided to shut river transportation from yesterday afternoon to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Vessels, including launches, are not allowing to ply from yesterday afternoon, according to a decision of Shipping ministry.
“Vessels, including launches, will not be allowed to ply from Tuesday afternoon,” said Md Jahangir Alam Khan, senior information and public relations officer of the shipping ministry.
Cargo vessels will operate as usual. “The restriction will remain in place until further notice,” he added.
Road, Transport and Bridges minister Obaidul Quader said mass transportation will remain shut from 26 March to 4 April.
“Trucks, covered van, medicine, urgent services, fuel and vehicles carrying perishables will operate as usual,” he said adding that cargo vehicles will not be permitted to carry people.
The government also shut down all local, mail and commuter train services from the morning and said operation of intercity trains will be gradually stopped.
The government also shut down all local, mail and commuter train services and operation of intercity trains will be gradually stopped.
Besides, the armed forces remained in the field in the divisional and district towns from yesterday to aid the civil administration maintain social distancing and strengthen the coronavirus preventive measures.
Earlier on 17 March, Bangladesh closed all educational institutions until 31 March.
Meanwhile, the global death toll from coronavirus or Covid-19 reached 17,810 as of Tuesday — a mortality rate of 15 percent. The virus has so far infected 378,842 people, according to worldometer.