Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Bangladesh announces strengthened screening of arriving passengers

Bangladesh announced a fresh set of guidelines to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID 19 virus in the country as cases showed a spike. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) announced a 15 point guideline on Tuesday seeking to contain the spread of the COVID 19 virus.


The guidelines call for strengthening of the medical test and screening of passengers arriving from the Omicron infected countries at entry points through land, air and waterways. However, no list of the countries identified as Omicron infected has been provided in the guideline. The guidelines also require a 14-day quarantine for the passengers arriving from the infected countries.

The guideline calls for discouraging all kinds of public gathering including social, political, religious and others. The gathering of people at tourist spots, recreation centres, resorts, community centres, cinema halls and theatres and social programmes is also sought to be curtailed.

Earlier, the government had announced that it will impose fresh restrictions in the next 7 days on public gatherings, eating out, occupancy in public transport and opening time of shops and shopping malls.

Bangladesh has witnessed a rise in COVID 19 cases over the last 2 weeks. On Tuesday, it reported 775 new cases of Corona infection marking a three month high. The sample positivity rate has also gone up to 3.91 percent from below 2 percent at the beginning of December last year.

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