Bangladesh reported 7,213 new Covid-19 cases and 66 deaths on Tuesday – its biggest daily increase in new infections and deaths since the outbreak began, the country’s General Directorate of Health Services (DGHS) said. in a press release.
It comes a day after the South Asian nation entered a seven-day nationwide lockdown following a new wave of new cases.
Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said on Tuesday that all educational institutions, including Islamic schools, known as madrasas, would remain closed until further notice, according to the state news agency. Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).
Bangladesh from Saturday banned the entry of air travelers from European countries – except the UK – and 12 other countries, including Brazil and South Africa, until April 18 the Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB) said in a statement. The CAAB said it made the decision after “reviewing the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic across the country and around the world.”
Air authorities have also banned all domestic commercial flights until Sunday.
Besides Bangladesh, other countries in the densely populated region of South Asia, such as India and Pakistan, have reported a high number of new cases of Covid-19 in recent weeks.