All worldwide and home flights to be banned for every week from Wednesday, coinciding with one other lockdown amid spike in circumstances.
Bangladesh has introduced plans to ban all worldwide and home flights for every week from Wednesday, coinciding with one more lockdown to counter a spike in novel coronavirus infections.
All worldwide passenger flights to and from Bangladesh will stay suspended from April 14 to twenty, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) mentioned on Sunday.
Greater than 500 flights will likely be cancelled due to the ban, mentioned the CAAB’s Air Vice Marshal M Mafidur Rahman.
Home passenger flights and chartered helicopter flights are included within the suspension, whereas some exceptions could also be made for medical evacuations, humanitarian aid and cargo flights, the aviation authority mentioned.
A surge in COVID-19 circumstances since March prompted the federal government to implement a nine-day nationwide shutdown till Tuesday, to be adopted by one more seven-day lockdown from Wednesday to sluggish the unfold of the virus.
The authorities imposed a ban on air passengers from Europe and 12 different international locations on April 3. Passenger flight operations on home routes had been suspended on April 5.
Ex-PM assessments optimistic
In the meantime, Bangladesh’s former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus, her oppositional Bangladesh Nationalist Celebration (BNP) mentioned on Sunday.
Zia has been asymptomatic and was doing nicely, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, a senior chief of the BNP, informed a information briefing, urging folks to wish for her.
The 74-year outdated politician has been underneath the supervision of her non-public physicians at house in Dhaka ever since she was launched from jail after the federal government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina suspended her jail time period on well being grounds in March final yr.
Zia, a three-time prime minister within the Nineties and 2000s, had been in jail since February 2018 after a courtroom sentenced her to 5 years in jail for misappropriating funds meant for orphans. A better courtroom later doubled the time period.
Eight different workers members of her house have additionally been examined optimistic for the COVID-19, based on her doctor Mohammad Al Mamun.
Bangladesh, which reported its first circumstances of the novel coronavirus final March, reported its highest single-day enhance in infections on Friday, with 7,462 circumstances. To this point, the nation has reported some 684,756 circumstances and 9,739 deaths.
The South Asian nation beforehand imposed a nationwide shutdown for greater than two months starting March 2020.