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2020-03-24 13:01:47 BdST

BD shuts down all transport for 10 days


Bangladesh has shuts down all types of public transports both in road, rail and water segment from March 26 to April 4 amid the fears of novel coronavirus spread in the country.

Separate press releases from Road Transport and Highway Division, Railway Ministry and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority made the disclosure today.

On behalf of Road Transport and Highway Division; Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Qauder issued strict instruction on a video conference, said the release.

However, truck and covered van carrying medicine, emergency services, fuel oil and perishable goods will remain out of this prohibition. But these vehicles will not be allowed to carry any passenger.

BR halts all local, mail and commuter trains 

All local, mail and commuter trains of Bangladesh will remain suspended from today as a part of government initiatives to curb the spread of novel coronavirus in the country

Mia Jahan, additional director general (operation) of Bangladesh Railway said, "Bangladesh Railway has suspended operation of 257 local, mail and commuter trains from this morning to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Operation of five other local trains will be suspended from tomorrow."

"Although 102 intercity trains are now in operation but those will also be suspended gradually after March 26 until further notice," he added.

The Bangladesh railway is not selling advance tickets for March 26 and afterwards.

Earlier on Monday, Brahmanbaria- Karnaphuli Express and Titash Commuter Train were suspended that will be affective from today.

Govt suspends inland water vessel services for corona 

Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) has suspended operations of all types of water vessels across the country amid the fears of the novel coronavirus spread.

BIWTA Chairman Golam Sadeque said, "All 11 river ports will remain closed from 1 pm today to until further notice as a part of government initiatives to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.

Bangladesh confirmed three deaths from the novel coronavirus and 33 cases till date.

China first reported COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus SARS-Cov-2, in its Wuhan province in December.

So far, the virus has affected 195 countries and territories, and one international conveyance across the world.

Until the same day, worldometer.com, a website that provides updates over diverse topics, had recorded a total of 378,842 coronavirus cases, including 16,510 dead and 102,064 recovered.

The World Health Organization, WHO, on March 11 declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic (global spread of a new disease).

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